Beeline Russia (PJSC VimpelCom) has disclosed plans to cease investment in the development of 2G and 3G networks from mid-2018, and will fully focus on 4G development. The announcement was made by CEO Vasil Latsanich at a press conference, reported by TelecomDaily. Latsanich explained that Beeline will continue to support its third-generation network, but it will not build new infrastructure based on W-CDMA/HSPA technology, whilst it is ‘reducing the support of 2G to the required minimum’. The CEO added that Beeline plans to build a total of around 18,000 base stations in FY 2018, compared to approximately 16,000 commissioned in 2017. The cellco had around 26,000 active LTE base stations at the end of last year, having added about 7,000 in twelve months, according to regulator Roskomnadzor, showing that Beeline is currently lagging significantly behind rivals MTS and MegaFon in this respect.