TOP national rating agency “Expert” has published annual rating “Russian information and communication technologies”, which had summarized 2010 industry results.

Production volume of the largest companies — participants of the rating, that had reached 405,6 billion rubles by the end of 2010, has nearly equaled the previous absolute maximum of 2008, when the rating participants’ revenue amounted 412,9 billion rubles. Thus total revenue of the companies has increased by 25% in comparison with the previous year.

Only 7 out of 60 companies-participants of the rating besides Gars Telecom, have got the highest mark for the business transparency and reputation — “level of confidence to the company” criterion: IBS, ITSK, ICL, Mirex, “TI Systems”, “Inform-Consulting” и NPO Echelon“.

Also according to “Expert RA” Gars Telecom has taken 7th place among “TOP-10 companies providing services in the field of telecommunications”.

“Depression, overtaken ICT market during the crisis, has gone completely. Unprecedented market disruption in 2009 was changed by extensive growth in 2010. Having saved on IT during the crisis, customers have been catching up since 4Q 2009, — Alexey Khodyrev, ‘Expert RA’, notices. —Business’ attitude to information technologies is changing in front of very eyes: if before crisis most of IT-instruments had been often considered as means of obtaining competitive advantages, then the crisis proved once again: at the moment modern information technologies are inevitable just to stay the course”.

“Under the new conditions of nearly equal rates of all ICT services, intangible assets are getting more essential, — Pavel Gorenkov, CEO, Gars Telecom narrates. — And it is difficult to overestimate the role of a brand as a complex of expectations, and reputation — as a long-term instrument of loyalty formation.

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Expert RA Rating Agency is the first independent rating agency in Russia founded in 1997 by Expert business magazine. The Agency strategic goal is to provide all-round information and analysis assistance to companies, operating on the Russian market.

The Agency is also engaged in preparing and publishing lists of the largest Russian companies and sectoral leaders, ratings of regional investment attraction, and conducting comprehensive studies of Russian economy branches and commodity markets.

Expert RA Rating Agency has acquired recognition in Russian and foreign business circles as a supplier of independent and professionally prepared rating product and analytic materials.

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Gars Telecom profile: telecommunication management, integration projects realization and telecommunication services rendering. Company is oriented at cooperation with big-sized corporate clients and telecom-carriers. Along with tradition telecom-services company renders services in telecom-consulting, outsourcing of the communication services and telecom-infrastructure, and also telecom-budget management.

Since 2003 Gars Telecom has become the only Russian Virtual Mobile Network Operator for corporate sector. Host provider is Megafon.

Company exclusively realizes in Russia specialized telecom-solutions for commercial real estate market that fit international BLEC standard (Building Local Exchange Carrier), and develop telecom-consulting practice in Russian development market.

By the beginning of 2011 the total amount of the serviced area has overpassed 5’700’000 square meters.

Among key corporate customers are TNK-BP, RussNeft, Alliance Oil Company, Ehrmann, JVC, GoodYear, Ideal Standard, Kalinka-Stockmann, MosFilm, TeliaSonera, Interros, IG Eurasia", FIAT, Schneider Electric, Eksmo and more.