Rating Agency “Expert RA” has published annual rating “Russian information and communication technologies”.

According to the 2009 results Gars Telecom keeps its status of one of the most public companies of ICT branch once again, getting the highest estimation by the “Level of Confidence to the Company” indicator. The highest rank was proved by IBS and ICL-KME CS as well.

Also maximum estimation for the publicity according to 2009 year results was reached by “Sitronics”, CROC, ITSK, Mirex, Digital Design and Computer Systems for Business International (CSBI).

“If the year before, up to results of not disastrous in general for the whole market 2008 year only four companies had fully revealed and proved their data, more difficult by an order recent year increased TOP up to 9 industry representatives, — Gars Telecom CEO Pavel Gorenkov points. — We notice evolution of understanding by the companies the relevance of doing transparent, plain to investors and partners business”. At the same time, rating’s landscape has shown vividly, that IT and telecom branch appeared as a hostage of macro economic shifts. According to “Expert” representative Alexey Khodyrev, 2009 year became the first really serious strength test for the ICT companies. Sweet remains of pre-crisis luxury that were coloring the market’s pattern rather good the year before almost completely disappeared. The final recession in 2009 was as sure as fate — total revenue of the companies — participants of “Russian information and communication technologies” rating decreased by 16,9%.

Up to “Expert RA” data, according to 2009 results Gars Telecom has joined the ranks of “Ten companies — leaders in telecommunication services rendering” as well, taking position 9. The year before the carrier was in TOP3 of Russian IT companies that render telecommunication services of the “Largest Russian companies on IT and communications technologies” rating.

At the same time Alexey Khodyrev believes, the world crisis made national IT-companies set priorities properly and take unpopular measures to increase their business effectiveness. Succeeded market participants will exit crisis with the heads high.

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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 to cooperate 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. In 2008 the total amount of the serviced area overpassed 4’200’000 squire 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.