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  1. July 2, 2014

    Telecoms executives cheer Brussels’ antitrust decision on E-Plus

    Telecoms executives in Europe are cheering Brussels’ decision to remove a mobile network operator from as large a country as...

  2. April 18, 2014

    VimpelCom settles dispute with Algeria over Djezzy arm

    Mobile operator VimpelCom has resolved its dispute with the Algerian government, selling a 51 per cent stake in operator...

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  1. April 14, 2014

    Telecom Italia to draw line under turbulent past with new board

    Telecom Italia will draw a line under a long period of managerial and financial turbulence with the most independent board...

  2. December 22, 2013

    Wind of change blows for VimpelCom’s Italian unit

    VimpelCom is reviewing the future of its Italian mobile phone business including a possible sale or merger, or a refinancing...

  3. December 18, 2013

    Tele2 Russia faces up to competition

    When Rostelecom, Russia’s state-controlled telecoms group, approved the merger of its mobile business into rival Tele2...

  4. August 8, 2013

    MegaFon plans to gain edge with proposed $1.2bn Scartel purchase

    Russian mobile operator Megafon plans to acquire Scartel, a fourth-generation mobile company, for $1.2bn, giving it greater...

  5. August 7, 2013

    VimpelCom in talks over Italian mobile market consolidation

    VimpelCom has held discussions with rivals about consolidation in the Italian mobile market as it looks to build core...

  6. July 17, 2013

    Russian mobile operators halt iPhone sales

    Russia’s three major mobile phone operators have halted iPhone sales, a further sign that the tide is turning against Apple...

  7. beyondbrics

    June 27, 2013

    Corporate watch: Russian Towers plans to dominate telecoms landscape

    By Ben Aris of bne Russian mobile phone operators just launched their first 4G networks and the biggest cities are due to be...

  8. April 16, 2013

    Altimo offers $1.8bn to buy out Orascom

    Mikhail Fridman’s Altimo has made an offer to buy out minorities in Egypt’s Orascom Telecom for $1.8bn, as the Russian...

  9. April 7, 2013

    Tele2 seeks European acquisitions

    Tele2 will seek further acquisitions in the European telecoms market after completing the rapid sale of its Russian business...

  10. April 5, 2013

    Cash-laden oligarchs hunt pastures new

    Hours after Rosneft finalised a deal to buy out the oligarch founders of rival oil producer TNK-BP last month, Mikhail...

  11. March 28, 2013

    Russian oil cash fuels mobile bidding war

    A bidding war between Russian groups for Sweden's Tele2 Russia mobile phone operator erupted on Thursday, a day after it...

  12. February 17, 2013

    VimpelCom signs Windows Phone deal

    VimpelCom, the global telecoms operator, has signed an agreement with Microsoft and Nokia that will allow its customers to...

  13. January 16, 2013

    VimpelCom lifts hopes of Algeria deal

    VimpelCom expects to secure a deal with the Algerian government this year that will allow the global telecoms group to...

  14. January 15, 2013

    Myanmar opens telecoms to foreign groups

    Myanmar’s government has begun the process of opening up the country’s telecoms industry, inviting foreign companies to...

  15. beyondbrics

    December 7, 2012

    Euroset: Usmanov & Fridman together

    You might have thought that after the battle of the billionaires at Norilsk Nickel, Russia’s oligarchs might try to steer...

  16. November 26, 2012

    Telenor chief reflects on tough year

    TeliaSonera is hardly the only Nordic telecommunications operator to face questions about its activities in emerging...

  17. beyondbrics

    November 23, 2012

    Megafon: to buy or not to buy

    Whatever the reason behind Goldman Sachs’ decision to exit as underwriter of Megafon’s forthcoming IPO, the move was a kick...

  18. beyondbrics

    November 23, 2012

    Guest post: Sawiris - Algeria must respect investment treaties

    By Naguib Sawiris Most governments in North Africa acknowledge the role of foreign direct investment in relieving poverty...

  19. November 19, 2012

    Myners joins Megafon board ahead of float

    Lord Myners, a former Labour minister and Marks and Spencer chairman, has joined the board of Megafon as the Russian mobile...

  20. November 16, 2012

    Sawiris turns to European telecoms

    Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian telecoms magnate, stepped up his activity in the European telecoms market this week by offering...

  21. November 15, 2012

    Megafon faces battle to drum up confidence

    Megafon’s management and organisers have launched a blitzkrieg two-week roadshow to market the Russian mobile operator to...

  22. November 15, 2012

    SFR deepens Sawiris’ focus on telecoms

    Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian telecoms magnate, is considering buying SFR, France’s second-biggest telephone company by...

  23. November 4, 2012

    Kcell set to pursue listing in London

    Investor appetite in London for companies from the former Soviet Union will be tested with plans for the second mobile...

  24. October 31, 2012

    Telenor shifts stance on VimpelCom stake

    Telenor has opened the door to a potential sale of its $6.4bn stake in VimpelCom, the world’s sixth-largest telecoms group...

  25. October 30, 2012

    Altimo’s move eases pressure on Telenor

    Mikhail Fridman’s Altimo has increased its stake in Russian telecoms group Vimpelcom, giving it an edge over rival...

  26. beyondbrics

    October 29, 2012

    New York headlines

    * Ukraine ruling party claims election victory * India sets 3% deficit target for 2017 * China’s luxury buyers embrace...

  27. October 28, 2012

    VimpelCom to sell emerging market units

    VimpelCom will sell several of its emerging market businesses in Africa and Asia as part of a rationalisation of its global...

  28. October 15, 2012

    Megafon agrees deal to control Euroset

    Megafon, the Russian mobile phone operator preparing to list in London, has agreed to pay $1.3bn for control of Euroset,...

  29. October 8, 2012

    TeliaSonera to investigate Uzbek licence

    TeliaSonera has become the latest Nordic telecoms operator to run into trouble in emerging markets as the Swedish group...

  30. October 5, 2012

    Bringing people together

    Entries for Legal Innovator of the Year in previous years have mirrored the times, focusing on ways of dealing with the...

  31. August 17, 2012

    VimpelCom shareholders raise stakes

    The long-running power struggle at VimpelCom took a turn this week after its two main shareholders took near-equal stakes in...

  32. August 16, 2012

    VimpelCom shareholders feud on hold

    A breakthrough was made in the drawn-out dispute over control of VimpelCom after its two major shareholders took near-equal...

  33. August 15, 2012

    VimpelCom postpones European listing

    VimpelCom, the world’s sixth-largest mobile operator by customers, has postponed its decision to list in Europe until a...

  34. July 27, 2012

    BP case a red flag for foreign investors

    To the impartial observer, the workings of Siberia’s courts can seem puzzling. Consider the case of Vladimir Loskutov, a...

  35. June 12, 2012

    Sawiris backs new European telecoms fund

    Naguib Sawiris, the Egyptian telecoms billionaire, has backed a fund management group formed by former Wind and Vimpelcom...

  36. May 15, 2012

    VimpelCom first-quarter income falls 36%

    VimpelCom, the telecoms group, has seen its first-quarter net income fall by more than a third year-on-year in spite of a...

  37. April 24, 2012

    Altimo sets sights on global expansion

    The Megafon peace deal will end one of Russia’s most dramatic corporate disputes that played out across European courts with...

  38. beyondbrics

    April 20, 2012

    Megafon: stake sale and IPO

    After years of squabbling, an amicable parting of ways between Megafon shareholders appears to be close on the horizon. The...

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