The Russian telco Tele2 is expected to apply for a licence which would allow it to begin offering cellular services in Moscow. Local website CNews says Tele2 is keen to begin operating in the capital and discussions between the Swedish-owned firm and new Minister of Mass Media and Communications, Igor Shchegolev, are likely to take place before the end of the year. Tele2 claims 9.3 million subscribers on its GSM networks across Russia. It won additional regional licences in government spectrum sales in 2007 but it still lacks a permit for the Moscow region. The cellco says it expects to spend up to USD98 million on network expansions and upgrades in Russia this year.