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MTS Bought One of The Largest Data Centers in Russia

September 14, 2018

Moscow, Russian Federation – MTS PJSC (NYSE: MBT, MOEX: MTSS), the largest Russian telecommunications operator and digital services provider, announces the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Avantage LLC for RUB 8.9 bln (including net debt) from a group of private investors. Avantage LLC owns the Avantage data processing center project in Lytkarino, Moscow region, one of the largest data centers in Russia by number of racks.

Andrey Ushatsky, Vice President, Technology and IT, commented, "In recent years, Russian companies choose not to build their own corporate servers and prefer dealing with cloud providers that offer more attractive terms for data processing and storing, while providing a higher level of security and fault tolerance. MTS is actively increasing its presence in the Russian cloud services market through the acquisition and construction of its own data centers. The acquisition and commissioning of the Avantage data center will significantly increase MTS computing power and create a technological base for further B2B services expansion."

The Avantage data center project is 80% complete. Being a high-tech site with a total capacity of 20 MW, it will provide for the placement of 2,240 racks, using an area totaling 6,400 square meters across 16 halls. Solutions provided by the data center carry a Tier III Uptime Institute Design certificate regarding fault tolerance. MTS will provide colocation and #CloudMTS services based on the data center.

The data center in Lytkarino became the tenth in MTS federal network of data centers located in large Russian cities: three centers in Moscow, two in Nizhny Novgorod, one in Samara, Novosibirsk, Vladivostok and Krasnodar.

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For further information, please contact in Moscow: 
Investor Relations Department 
Mobile TeleSystems PJSC
Tel: +7 495 223 2025 
E-mail: ir@mts.ru  
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Mobile TeleSystems PJSC (“MTS” - NYSE:MBT; MOEX:MTSS), the leading telecommunications group in Russia and the CIS, provides a range of mobile, fixed-line and digital services. We serve over 100 million mobile subscribers in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, and Belarus, and about 9 million customers of fixed-line services, including fixed voice, broadband internet, and pay-TV. To keep pace with evolving customer demand, MTS is redefining what telecommunications services are by offering innovative products beyond its core network-related businesses in various tech segments, including Big Data, financial and banking services, internet of things, OTT, cloud computing, systems integration and e-commerce. We leverage our market-leading retail network as a platform for customer services and sales of devices and accessories. MTS maintains its leadership in the Russian mobile market in terms of revenue and profitability. MTS is majority-owned by Sistema PJSFC. Since 2000, MTS shares have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange and since 2003 - on the Moscow Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.ir.mts.ru.

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