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MegaFon adds most new users in Russia in Oct
|20 ноября 2008|
MegaFon's drive to steal mobile market share from its competitors continued in October, with the Russian operator taking the lion's share of new customer additions.
Third-placed MegaFon is closing the gap on closest rival Vimpelcom, adding almost a million new customers last month alone, according to the latest figures from analyst firm Advanced Communications & Media.
MegaFon's 960,894 new subscribers gave it a 38.7% share of Russia's total net additions and took its customer base to 42.32 million.
That leaves it a short way behind number two player Vimpelcom, which boasts a total base of 45.88 million in Russia, having signed up 31.7% of the country's net adds last month.
While MTS lags behind its rivals in terms of new additions, claiming just 19.4% in October, it will be some time before the market leader's position comes under threat.
MTS' 62.36 million customers give it a 34.3% share of the market, compared with Vimpelcom's 25.2% and MegaFon's 23.2%.
In Russia as a whole there were just over 182 million mobile users at 31 October, up from 179.54 million at the end of September, according to AC&M's figures.
Penetration now stands at 125.4%, boosted by the major cities; Moscow and St. Petersburg have mobile penetration of 178.4% and 161.8% respectively.
Источник: Total Telecom