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MTS and VimpelCom will build LTE networks in Russia

MTS, VimpelCom to collaborate on LTE in Russia

Russian telco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and Dutch-based operator group VimpelCom have announced a partnership to develop and share LTE networks in Russia and the CIS region. The agreement involves rolling out LTE in 36 Russian regions over the next two years.

MegaFon's Mikhail Dubin (left) and Huawei's Ryan Ding in shake on it in Shanghai

Huawei, MegaFon claim 5G services in Russia by 2018

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei and Russian operator MegaFon have announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to deliver trial 5G network services at the Fifa World Cup 2018, to be held in 11 Russian cities.

The Samsung Z Tizen smartphone

Samsung makes tentative Tizen launch

Global smartphone sales leader Samsung has finally unveiled a smartphone running on Tizen – the new, Linux-based, open-source mobile OS that Samsung has been developing in partnership with Intel ever since Nokia threw the towel in on MeeGo back in 2011.

MTS and VimpelCom will build LTE networks in Russia

Rostelecom and Tele2 set up joint venture in Russia

Russian operator Rostelecom and rival Tele2 Russia have announced the creation of a joint venture, T2 RTK Holding. Rostelecom said that it will contribute “substantially all” of its mobile assets into the joint venture, and Tele2 Russia will contribute all of its mobile assets.

MTS and VimpelCom will build LTE networks in Russia

MTS teams with Samsung on North-West Russian LTE network

Russian operator group MTS plans to launch its first MTS LTE FDD network in Russia’s Northwest Federal District with Korean vendor Samsung. The rollout of the network is a part of the three-year agreement signed between the two firms in 2013.

The BBC is trialling multicast technology

Russia’s Rostelecom deploys “groundbreaking” CDN

Russian operator Rostelecom has deployed what it claims is one of the world’s largest operator content delivery networks (CDN). The network sees the deployment of content servers in 30 major Russian cities by Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson, which said that the platform will enable Rostelecom to create sustainable businesses in partnership with over the top (OTT) service providers.

Anton Kudryashov will assume the role of chief group business development and portfolio officer at VimpelCom

VimpelCom Russia boss takes board role

European operator group VimpelCom has promoted its Russian chief to the group’s executive board; Anton Kudryashov will assume the role of chief group business development and portfolio officer from October 14, 2013.

MTS and VimpelCom will build LTE networks in Russia

TeliaSonera backs Megafon’s Yota acquisition

Russian operator Megafon has announced that it is to acquire domestic competitor Scartel, which operates an LTE network under the Yota brand, for $1.18bn. TeliaSonera, which holds 25.2 per cent of Scartel described the deal as “strategically attractive and value enhancing” for Megafon. Scartel is currently owned by Garsdale, a holding company of Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, who also controls more than 50 per cent of Megafon.

Moscow’s subway system is set to be equipped with an intelligent security system intended to monitor mobile phones of passengers

Moscow to monitor subway passengers’ phones

The police force covering Moscow’s subway system has proposed to deploy an IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) tracking system capable of monitoring the location and movement of mobile phones.

Apple's iPhone has been dropped by MTS and Megafon in Russia

Russian operators begin to phase out iPhone

Two of Russia’s largest mobile operators have ceased selling iPhone devices in the country due to the extensive marketing and financial support demanded by Apple. Second and third placed MTS and Megafon have already stopped advertising the device on their online shopping portals.

The deal gives Megafon a substantial lead in the Russian LTE market.

VimpelCom brings LTE to Moscow

European operator VimpelCom has launched LTE services in Moscow. The firm’s LTE FDD services are now accessible within the central Sadovoye Ring area of the city. The operator expects LTE services to be available throughout the Russian capital by the end of 2013.

The deal gives Megafon a substantial lead in the Russian LTE market.

Tele2 sells Russian unit in $3.5bn deal

Nordic carrier Tele2 has agreed to sell its regional Russian mobile operation to banking group VTB for $2.4bn in cash and $1.15bn in debt.

Apple's iPhone has been dropped by MTS and Megafon in Russia

“Strange” Apple LTE policy omits Asian and Russian networks

Apple will next week add another 36 networks to the selection of carriers that are permitted to offer the iPhone 5 with LTE support enabled. Tim Cook, CEO of the handset vendor, made the revelation as part of the company’s earnings call earlier this week. However, the expanded list does not extend to carriers in parts of Asia and Russia.

The mobile payment industry is set to grow rapidly

VimpelCom and Megafon take equal share in Russian retailer

International operator VimpelCom and Russian operator Megafon have taken joint ownership of Russian handset retailer Euroset. Through its fully-owned Russian subsuduary, Vimpelcom has increased its stake in the retailer by 0.1 per cent to now own 50 per cent of the firm. The other 50 per cent has been acquired for $1.07bn by Lefbord Investments Limited, a company owned by MegaFon and Garsdale Services Investment.

Russia's FAS has withdrawn legal action against Telenor

Russia ends VimpelCom legal action

The Russian government has decided to withdraw legal claims against Norwegian operator group Telenor, signaling an end to the long-running dispute over the ownership of affiliate firm VimpelCom. The move allows the international operator, headquartered in Amsterdam but of Russian extraction, to distribute dividends to investors including Russian conglomerate Altimo.

Moscow’s subway system is set to be equipped with an intelligent security system intended to monitor mobile phones of passengers

MTS targets ‘unbanked’ Russian market

Russian telecoms operator MTS is planning to provide banking services to customers that lack a traditional bank account, following an agreement to purchase a 25.09 per cent stake in MTS Bank.

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