Vimpelcom wants interconnect talks

31 Aug 2006

Russian cellco Vimpelcom says it would like to enter direct negotiations with the country’s smaller operators over interconnection charges, avoiding the need for regulatory interference. Prime Tass quotes the firm’s vice president, Nikolai Pryanishnikov, saying: ‘We are ready for the open discussion of disputable issues with local operators without the involvement of regulatory bodies, according to normal business practices.’ Vimpelcom, plus its two main competitors MTS and MegaFon, are currently being investigated by competition authorities after minor operators complained that the big three had lowered interconnect fees for calls between their respective networks while calls from networks belonging to smaller operators faced higher charges.

Russia, Beeline (Russia)