Vimpelcom expects Far East award

13 Dec 2006

Russia’s second largest cellular operator says it expects to be granted wireless spectrum in the Far East Federal District next year, following a lengthy legal battle with the State Radio Frequency Commission. Vimpelcom chairman Alexander Izosimov has been holding talks with the Commission, Prime Tass reports, in an effort to break the deadlock which has seen the cellco file more than 30 unsuccessful applications to gain frequencies in the region. Its two main rivals, MTS and MegaFon, both have concessions covering the whole of the Far East, which is home to around six million people.

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