Russia’s MTS starts 4K transmissions

Russia’s Mobile Tele Systems (MTS) is test broadcasting 4K signals on its satellite-based pay-TV service. MTS says that it will debut full transmissions once reception equipment is available for consumers.

According to Comnews.Ru the broadcaster plans to use the more efficient DVB-S2 transmission standard, and to also boost the number of HDTV channels carried.

MTS owns 62 per cent of Comstar, a fixed cable/internet and cable TV service provider which was rebranded as MTS in 2010.  MTS’ DTH pay-TV business is about to launch on the ABS-2 satellite with 160 channels.

MTS is Russia’s leading telecoms group with more than 100 million – mostly mobile – customers spread over Russia, the Ukraine, Armenia and other adjacent countries. MTS is listed on the US New York Stock Exchange. MTS is 51.46 per cent controlled by Sistema JSFC, one of Russia’s largest companies.

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