Mobile operator Vodafone Ukraine – part of the Russian MTS group – has reached a preliminary deal to buy Ukrainian fixed broadband/telephony/TV operator Vega, according to three industry sources quoted by Liga.net. Vega – a sister company of Ukraine’s largest fixed line operator Ukrtelecom – is currently wholly owned by domestic conglomerate SCM. Vega’s additional assets include fixed-wireless spectrum (potentially convertible to mobile in the future) and online TV provider Digital Screens (oll.tv).
Note that if the deal completes, Vodafone Ukraine will be effectively buying back some of its previously divested fixed network assets. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database says that Vega acquired the then-MTS Ukraine’s consumer fixed broadband/telephony (fibre-to-the-building [FTTB]) operations in Kiev, Odessa and Illichivsk in March 2015 (previously under the MTS and Comstar-Ukraine brands); MTS’ fixed internet consumers were transferred to Vega on 30 April 2015, with the fixed telephony users following two months later.