VimpelCom-owned units Wind in Italy and Orascom in Egypt have recently been eyed up by well-known billionaire investors, but the Russian operator has now said Wind is not for sale while Orascom has recommended to its shareholders that they reject an offer made in March by a subsidiary of Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's Altimo.
The telecoms market in Europe continued to face macroeconomic uncertainty (particularly in Southern Europe) price-driven competition and further regulatory impacts in 2012. However, some positive stories emerged during the year: mobile data revenue grew solidly and the fixed revenue mix improved further as broadband penetration continued to rise.
Fresh from the sale of its Russian business, Tele2 is now looking around for further acquisitions in the European market as it pursues its low-cost model for mobile data services.
Tele2's sale of its Russian operations to the banking group VTB has been disrupted by another potential buyer offering 30 per cent above the $3.5 billion agreed-upon sale price.
WiMAX technology continues to extend wireless broadband service to developing markets around the world, with deployments in Nepal, Malawi and Russia garnering recent headlines.
Mobile TeleSystems reported a 39 percent year-over-year increase in fourth-quarter profit, as Russia's largest mobile operator benefited from a rise in the number of subscribers and increased mobile data usage by customers.
The trick in auction design is to encourage sufficient competition among bidders while also ensuring that there are adequate incentives for the operators and their financial backers to build out networks rapidly and on a widespread basis.
Operators' concerns from several years ago that their networks would face crushing constraints due to higher mobile data traffic were overblown, according a new study from Infonetics Research. The firm claims that HSPA+ and LTE have been the primary reasons mobile operators have been able to squeeze increasing amounts of data across limited spectrum.
LTE network equipment produced by the Wireless Technology Center, in which Nokia Siemens Networks holds a 75 percent stake, allegedly does not meet qualifications necessary to be considered "Russian-made," an issue that threatens to derail a network launched by Chechnya-based Vainakh Telecom.
Russian IPTV provider VimpelCom has sought out Motorola--currently in the throes of being sold by Google to Arris--to help its Beeline TV service subscribers better manage their home networking needs.