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February 2006: Cellular Subscribers in Russia and Ukraine

March 28, 2006

February 2006 cellular market data for Russia and Ukraine (including Russian mobile operators' activities abroad) are available below. Please refer to our monthly report for detailed information on net additions and market shares.

Russia

Key points of cellular market development in February 2006:

  • Number of subscribers (valid SIM cards) reached 129.6 mln (up 1.5 mln from January 2006, 47.9 mln from February 2005);
  • Penetration increased to 89.3% (up 1% from January 2006, 33% from February 2005);
  • There were 137 and 121 SIM cards in use per 100 population in Moscow and St.Petersburg respectively as of February 28, 2006;
Russian Cellular Subscribers
Mobile Subscribers February 28, 2006 January 31, 2006
Total Russia 129,640,000 128,175,000
  Penetration* 89.3% 88.3%
Moscow 23,201,093 23,018,728
  Penetration* 136.6% 135.5%
St.Petersburg 7,663,206 7,594,700
  Penetration* 120.9% 119.8%
Subscribers outside Moscow and St.Pete 98,775,701 97,561,572
  Penetration* 81.1% 80.1%

* Please note that penetration figures are calculated based on official data from 2002 population census (145 mln for Russia, 17 mln for Moscow and 6.3 mln for St.Pete). Reportedly, the population in Moscow License Area reaches as high as 23-25 mln while St.Pete License Area population figure is above 7 mln.

Russian Cellular
Market Breakdown, February 2006
Russian Net Additions,
February 2006

Ukraine

Number of subscribers (valid SIM cards) reached 32 mln (up 0.6 mln from January 2006, 16.5 mln from February 2005). Penetration increased to 67.2% (up 1.2% from January 2006, 34.6% from February 2005);

Ukrainian Mobile Subscribers
Mobile Subscribers February 28, 2006 January 31, 2006
Total number of subscribers 31,994,311 31,419,747
Penetration 67.2% 66.0%
Ukrainian Cellular
Market Breakdown, February 2006
Ukrianian cellular market breakdown
Ukrainian Net Additions,
February 2006
Net Additions in Ukraine

Mobile Subscribers Count Archive

Below you may download AC&M's cellular market updates for last 6 months in MS Excel format.

September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
The number of subscribers mentioned in our reports effectively means number of valid SIM cards as reported by mobile operators according to their churn policy.
Penetration figures are calculated based on official data reported by state statistics institutions of respective countries.
All files are compressed (ZIP).

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions on the information above.

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