Vimpelcom moves a step closer to Far East licences

22 Aug 2006

A Russian court has upheld an earlier ruling by the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) which ordered the State Radio Frequency Commission to award cellular spectrum to the country’s third largest mobile operator, Vimpelcom. The Commission, which is part of the Federal Communications Agency, had refused to award Vimpelcom wireless spectrum in Russia’s Far East Federal District. The rulings by the FAS and now the Presnensky Court in Moscow will mean that the cellco will gain spectrum covering the entire region, where its two main rivals, MegaFon and MTS, already have full licences. Last week Vimpelcom won a similar case against the Federal Service for Communications Oversight. Separately, however, Prime Tass reports that courts have rejected lawsuits filed by Vimpelcom against the State Radio Frequency Commission.

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