Rostelecom OJSC: Statement re ROSTELECOM LAUNCHES A COMMERCIAL 3G+ NETWORK IN PENZA

  Rostelecom OJSC: Statement re ROSTELECOM LAUNCHES A COMMERCIAL 3G+ NETWORK
  IN PENZA

UK Regulatory Announcement

MOSCOW

            ROSTELECOM LAUNCHES A COMMERCIAL 3G+ NETWORK IN PENZA

Moscow, Russia – March 19, 2013 – Rostelecom OJSC (MICEX-RTS: RTKM, RTKMP;
OTCQX: ROSYY) (“the Company”), Russia’s national telecommunications operator,
today announces that Rostelecom is launching commercial 3G+ network in Penza,
through the Group’s subsidiary ZAO NSS. The network will provide subscribers
with high mobile data transfer speeds, enabling them to access internet
services on their smartphones and tablets with ease.

Rostelecom’s 3G+ network in Penza has been built using modern HSPA+
technology, and provides data transfer speeds of up to 21MB/s (with a possible
increase to 42 MB/s). The first stage of the launch, will see the network
being introduced at 76 base stations and only days after its launch, the scale
of internet traffic is expected to significantly increase.

‘With the launch of the 3G+ mobile network, Rostelecom subscribers will be
able to use innovative services such as mobile TV, broadband and streaming
video and audio files. High speed mobile data transfer brings a new level of
quality and comfort to internet browsing, when using GPS and maps, when
chatting on social networks and when exchanging large scale information,’
noted the Director of Rostelecom’s Penza subsidiary Lev Dyatlov.

Lev Dyatlov added, “Penza Oblast is the second area of Russia’s Volga region
where Rostelecom provides 3G network services through its subsidiary ZAO NSS.
At the beginning of March, a 3G+ network was launched In Ulyanovsk Oblast.
Construction work on 3G networks in Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saratov and
Orenburg Oblasts as well as in the Republic of Tatarstan will be completed
over the coming months.”

Rostelecom and its subsidiaries (NSS, BVK, ETK, Sky Link, Volgograd GSM, AKOS,
BIT) provide mobile services in 59 regions across Russia, serving over 13.6
million subscribers. The Company is undertaking the construction of mobile 3G
networks in 27 Russian regions (networks have already been launched in Irkutsk
Oblast and Primorsky Krai). In total, more than 8,000 base stations are
planned. The suppliers of technical support and solutions for our 3G+ networks
are Ericsson and Huawei.

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For more information please visit http://www.rostelecom.ru/en/ir or contact:

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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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