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ROSTELECOM PJSC: VTB and Rostelecom join forces to create big data solutions

20-Nov-2019 / 13:11 MSK
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VTB and Rostelecom join forces to create big data solutions 

A new big data platform will enable businesses to improve client services

Moscow, Russia - November 20, 2019 - Rostelecom PJSC (MOEX: RTKM, RTKMP; OTCQX: ROSYY), announces that it has signed a strategic partnership memorandum with VTB to facilitate cooperation in the area of big data. The document was signed by the President and Chairman of VTB Bank Andrey Kostin and Mikhail Oseevsky, President of Rostelecom, at the 11th annual VTB Capital "RUSSIA CALLING!" investment forum.

Rostelecom and VTB will set up a joint venture (JV) to focus on creating new products to meet customers' needs based on big data analysis and processing, including with AI technologies. The provisional investment by both parties will amount to RUB 1 billion.

The JV will be based on a technology platform available to clients operating in the telecommunications, financial services, retail and development sectors as well as state organisations. All data sets will be verified for legality and quality prior to use and they will be depersonalised and coded. Data will be stored by companies participating in the project.

Andrey Kostin, President and Chairman of VTB Bank, commented:

"VTB Bank is pleased with the prospect of expanding our cooperation with Rostelecom in high-technology projects. The new platform will help structure large sets of big data accumulated in various economy sectors and use them to create digital products that will meet markets' needs and increase efficiencies. I believe that better data quality and accessibility are critical success factors for the development of Russia's digital economy."

Mikhail Oseevskiy, President of Rostelecom, commented:

"Rostelecom sees the development of AI technologies for big data analysis as our top priority area. We have already made good progress on this front with a number of our own proprietary tools and partner technologies that are helping us to rethink and improve the user experience. By joining our forces, Rostelecom and VTB will be able empower both the business and state sectors with digital solutions that will significantly increase their productivity."

The JV will serve small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as large corporations, and state companies. The new platform will integrate systems for big data processing, storage, analysis and exchange. The AI-optimized platform will also help process depersonalised and coded data thanks to its data stock exchange features, while also managing companies' advertising campaigns using intelligence systems.

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VTB Bank and its subsidiaries form a leading Russian financial group - VTB Group, offering a wide range of banking services and products in Russia, CIS, Western Europe, Asia and Africa.

VTB Group is a global provider of financial services, operating across all key areas of the financial markets. Its subsidiary financial organisations offer insurance, leasing, factoring, and other financial services.

As of 30 June 2019, the Group was the second largest financial group in Russia by assets (RUB 15.055 trillion) and by customer accounts (RUB 10.738 trillion).

The Government of the Russian Federation is VTB Group's main shareholder and owns 60.9% of the voting shares.

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PJSC Rostelecom is the largest digital service provider, operating in all segments of the telecommunications market in Russia, it serves millions of households, the state and private enterprises across the country.

Rostelecom is Russia's undisputed market leader, providing high-speed Internet access to over 13.1 million users and pay-TV services to more than 10.3 million clients, over 5.5 million of which are subscribed to Rostelecom's IPTV services on a national level.

In the nine months of 2019, the Group generated RUB 242.6 billion of revenues, RUB 81.4 billion of OIBDA (33.6% of revenue) and RUB 16.4 billion of net income.

The Group is the leading provider of telecommunications services to government bodies and corporates of all levels.

Rostelecom is a key strategic innovator that provides solutions in the following fields: E-Government, cybersecurity, data-centers and cloud computing, biometry, healthcare, education and housing & utility services.

The Group's stable financial position is confirmed by its credit ratings. Rostelecom has been assigned 'BBB-' and 'BB+' international credit ratings by Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's respectively, and AA(RU) by ACRA.

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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 intended to be covered by the safe harbours created thereby.

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

  • Assessment of PAO Rostelecom's (the Company) future operating and financial results as well as forecasts of the present value of future cash flows and related factors;
  • The Company's plans to take ownership stakes in other organisations;
  • 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 forecasts on 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 upon the annual report publication or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable laws.


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