Russian cellco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has announced the launch of the first phase of its 3G network in Moscow. On 26 May the first indoor network in the city’s Expocentre went live, with further networks covering 35 business and shopping centres to follow in 2009. MTS has also received permission to roll out 3G services across the Moscow metro system. A company statement said, ‘Development of 3G networks is a cornerstone of MTS’ strategy aimed at providing mobile broadband in the CIS. As these markets demonstrate relatively low levels of fixed line penetration and historic underinvestment in infrastructure, MTS views its networks as an ideal vehicle to meet the growing broadband internet needs of its subscribers through attractive data products and services.’ MTS launched its first pan-regional Russian 3G network in St. Petersburg in May 2008, and plans to have networks operating in 40 cities by the end of 2009.