According to RusTele.com, long-distance operator TransTeleCom (TTK) has filed an application with the Federal Communications Agency (Rossvyaznadzor), requesting a total of one million numbers to allow it to launch as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Upon receipt of the application, Rossvyanadzor promised to make a decision on the matter within 40 days. With a view to securing a mobile network operator as a partner, TTK president Artem Kudryavtsev has confirmed that negotiations with the self-styled ‘Big Three’ mobile operators – Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), MegaFon and Vimpelcom – commenced last year, with discussions now at an advanced stage with both MTS and MegaFon. For its part, Vimpelcom has claimed that it does not consider a tie-up with TTK to be a ‘truly mutually beneficial proposal’. Although the planned MVNO will ostensibly be used to provide mobile services to the employees of TTK parent company, Russian Railways, the additional number capacity will be used to satisfy TTK’s machine-to-machine (M2M) needs.