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Rostelecom OJSC: ROSTELECOM LAUNCHES A 3G+ NETWORK IN ULYANOVSK OBLAST

  Rostelecom OJSC: ROSTELECOM LAUNCHES A 3G+ NETWORK IN ULYANOVSK OBLAST

UK Regulatory Announcement

MOSCOW

            ROSTELECOM LAUNCHES A 3G+ NETWORK IN ULYANOVSK OBLAST

Moscow, Russia – March 5, 2013 – Rostelecom OJSC (the “Group”) (MICEX - RTS:
RTKM, RTKMP; OTCQX: ROSYY), Russia’s national telecommunications operator,
announces that the Group has launched a 3G+ network in Ulyanovsk Oblast, which
will provide mobile internet data transfer speeds of up to 21 MB/s through its
subsidiary “ZAO NSS”.

In Ulyanovsk Oblast, Rostelecom’s 3G network has been installed using HSPA+
technology which provides the potential to increase transmission speeds from
21 MB/s to 42MB/s. Once fully rolled out, Rostelecom subscribers will be able
to make immediate use of innovative services such as mobile television,
broadband internet and video and audio streaming. Rostelecom’s high mobile
data transfer speeds greatly enhance users’ ability to browse the internet,
use mobile maps and GPS, engage in social networking and exchange large data
files.

Dmitry Proskura, Vice-President and Head of Rostelecom’s Volga macro-regional
branch noted, “Ulyanovsk Oblast is the first area in the Volga Region to be
provided with 3G access by Rostelecom, which is being delivered through its
subsidiary “ZAO NSS”. Construction is currently nearing an end and the service
will be operational in the coming months. In the coming months, additional 3G
networks are expected to be launched in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Samara Oblast,
Penza Oblast, Saratov Oblast, Orenburg Oblast and the Republic of Tatarstan.
Our mobile subscribers’ user experience is about to reach a new level when
using their smartphones and tablets thanks to the high mobile data transfer
speeds offered by Rostelecom. Furthermore, the access we provide to a large
number of additional internet services and software means that a great deal
more data is flowing through our network.”

Rostelecom and its subsidiaries, NCC CJSC, BWC CJSC, ETK CJSC, Sky Link CJSC,
Volgograd-GSM CJSC, AKOS CJSC and Wireless Information Technologies LLC,
provide mobile services in 59 Russian regions to over 13.5 million
subscribers. Rostelecom is constructing 3G mobile networks in 27 Russian
regions with launches having already taken place in Irkutsk Oblast and
Primorsky Krai. In total, the company is planning to establish 8,000 base
stations. Ericsson and Huawei are providing technical equipment and solutions
for the project.

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For more information please visit http://www.rostelecom.ru/en/ir or contact:
“Rostelecom Investor Relations / Rostelecom IR” application for iPhone and
iPad is now available to download for free from the Apple App Store via:
https://itunes.apple.com/ru/app/rostelecom-investor-relations/id596370946?mt=8.
Investor Relations Department
Tel. +7 (499) 995 97 80
ir@rt.ru

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Rostelecom (www.rostelecom.ru) is Russia’s largest national telecommunications
operator with presence in all Russian regions. The Group is a universal
operator and undisputable leader of broadband and pay-TV markets in Russia
with over 9 million fixed-line broadband subscribers and over 6 million pay-TV
subscribers. As Rostelecom develops its mobile data networks, its position as
a major mobile operator is growing with over 13 million currently subscribed
to Rostelecom’s mobile voice services. The Company currently has approximately
28 million local fixed-line voice subscribers and it is the leader in the
corporate and government services segment. The Group is also an important
innovator that provides solutions in the field of medicine, E-Government,
cloud computing and education.

Rostelecom was assigned a ‘BBB-’ and ‘BB+’ international credit ratings by
Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s respectively, both with a ‘Stable’
outlook. The Group generated RUB 238.7 billion of consolidated revenues, RUB
94.0 billion of OIBDA (39.4% of revenues) and RUB 30.6 billion of net income
for the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

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Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within
the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws and are intended to be covered
by the safe harbors created thereby.

Those forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

  *Management’s assessment of the Company’s future operating and financial
    results as well as forecasts of the present value of future cash flows and
    related factors;
  *the Company’s anticipated capital expenditures and plans to construct and
    modernize its network;
  *the Company’s expectations as to the growth in demand for its services,
    plans relating to the expansion of the range of its services and their
    pricing;
  *the Company’s plans with respect to improving its corporate governance
    practices;
  *the Company’s expectations as to its position in the telecommunications
    market and the development of the market segments within which the Company
    operates;
  *economic outlook and industry trends;
  *the Company’s expectations as to the regulation of the Russian
    telecommunications industry and assessment of impact of regulatory
    initiatives on the Company’s activity;
  *other statements regarding matters that are not historical facts.

Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other
factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those
expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks,
uncertainties and other factors include:

  *risks relating to changes in political, economic and social conditions in
    Russia as well as changes in global economic conditions;
  *risks relating to Russian legislation, regulation and taxation, including
    laws, regulations, decrees and decisions governing the Russian
    telecommunications industry, securities industry as well as currency and
    exchange controls relating to Russian entities and their official
    interpretation by regulatory bodies;
  *risks relating to the Company, including the achievement of the
    anticipated results, levels of profitability and growth, ability to create
    and meet demand for the Company’s services including their promotions, and
    the ability of the Company to remain competitive in a liberalized
    telecommunications market;
  *technological risks associated with the functioning and development of the
    telecommunications infrastructure, technological innovations as well as
    the convergence of technologies;
  *other risks and uncertainties. For a more detailed discussion of these and
    other factors, see the Company’s Annual Report and the Company’s other
    public filings.

Many of these factors are beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict.
Given these and other uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue
reliance on any of the forward-looking statements contained herein or
otherwise. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly
any revisions to these forward-looking statements (which are made as of the
date hereof) to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to
reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required
under applicable laws.

Contact:

Rostelecom OJSC
 
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