Tele2, VimpelCom discuss network sharing plans

31 May 2016

Management personnel from Russian mobile operators Tele2 and VimpelCom (Beeline) are in discussions over a network sharing venture, business daily Vedomosti has reported. The working group includes: Martin Skop, VimpelCom’s executive vice president for infrastructure development; Ritvars Krievs, Tele2’s technical director; and Svetlana Skvortsova, Tele2’s strategic planning director. As per the talks, the two operators are seeking to merge their respective networks in several as-yet-unspecified regions of the country. In each area, the operator with the dominant market position will be appointed to manage the regional network, the report claims. The finer points of the tie-up are still said to be under discussion, although the plan is expected to resemble previous network sharing pacts signed by VimpelCom and its rivals MegaFon and Mobile TeleSystems (MTS).

Russia, Beeline (Russia), Tele2 Russia