Vimpelcom eyes military tie-up in Far East

11 Oct 2005

Russian cellco Vimpelcom could expand into nine regions in the Far East Federal District through a frequency sharing agreement with the military, according to the Vedemosti business daily. Vimpelcom currently operates in 76 of Russia’s 89 regions, but only has licences to operate in four of the Far East’s 13 regions and has repeatedly failed in its attempts to convince the State Radio Frequency Commission to grant it spectrum in the area. The Federal Telecommunications Agency claims that all GSM-900 frequency in the region has already been distributed, but now the military have stepped in and suggested that it could share its frequency in nine Far East regions with Vimpelcom, if the cellco ‘meets requirements’.

Russia, Beeline (Russia)