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TeliaSonera implicated as investigations into Uzbeki operations deepen

TeliaSonera has announced that two of its Dutch holding companies are subject to a preliminary investigation concerning bribery and money laundering

European operator group TeliaSonera has announced that two of its Dutch holding companies, TeliaSonera UTA Holding and TeliaSonera Uzbek Telecom Holding, are subject to a preliminary investigation concerning bribery and money laundering. The firm said that its operations in Uzbekistan are among the holdings of the entities.

VimpelCom faces criminal investigation in Uzbekistan

VimpelCom is facing an investigation into the firm’s operations in Uzbekistan

European operator group VimpelCom has announced that it has received a letter from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requesting documents and stating that it is conducting an investigation into the firm’s operations. The group’s headquarters in Amsterdam were also visited this week by representatives of the Dutch authorities, including the Dutch public prosecutor office, which informed VimpelCom that it is the focus of a criminal investigation in the Netherlands.

GSMA’s Bouverot sends operator-backed open letter to Kroes calling for European reform

Anne Bouverot, director general, GSMA

The director general of the GSMA, Anne Bouverot, has sent an open letter to EC Commissioner Neelie Kroes calling for policy reform that will encourage investment in Europe’s telecoms sector. Bouverot secured endorsements from the CEOs of ten European operators with a combined European mobile customer base of almost three quarters of a billion subscriptions, according to data from Informa’s World Cellular Investors service.

No such thing as a free lunch

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A reclusive, 64 year old Japanese man was chased from his California home this week by rabid reporters, after a Newsweek article outed him as the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of the Bitcoin protocol. The chase ended at a nearby sushi restaurant, where Nakamoto denied having anything to do with Bitcoin and just “wanted his free lunch”.

VimpelCom posts 2013 loss

VimpelCom has posted a $1.4bn net loss as well as a two per cent decline in revenue for the full year 2013

European operator group VimpelCom has posted a $1.4bn net loss as well as a two per cent decline in revenue for the full year 2013. The operator blamed the impact of regulation, market slowdown and non-cash impairments related to operations in Ukraine and Canada for the poor performance.

Ex-VimpelCom CEO Nemsic to head up SON specialist

Boris Nemsic

The former CEO of VimpelCom and Telekom Austria, Boris Nemsic, has gone back to his engineering roots, reappearing this week as chairman of the board of Cellwize, a Self Organizing Networks (SON) specialist.

VimpelCom selects NSN to supply LTE kit in Russia

VimpelCom has selected infrastructure vendor NSN to supply equipment for its LTE radio access network in some regions of Russia

European operator group VimpelCom has selected infrastructure vendor NSN to supply equipment for its LTE radio access network in some regions of Russia. NSN has signed a five year deal covering central Russia, south Russia, Siberia and most of the Volga and Ural regions.

Wind 700MHz auction bid scuppered by internal dispute

Canadian operator Wind Mobile has pulled out of the country’s 700MHz spectrum auction

Canadian operator Wind Mobile has pulled out of the country’s 700MHz spectrum auction, due to a lack of internal support by key shareholder Vimpelcom.

Former GSMA chief Conway passes away

Rob Conway, former CEO at GSMA has passed away

Former CEO of telecoms trade association the GSMA Rob Conway has passed away, the trade body announced late Friday. He died on Thursday evening after a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

VimpelCom Russia boss takes board role

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

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.

Verizon loses CFO to VimpelCom

Russian operator VimpelCom has poached the CFO of Verizon Wireless

Russian operator VimpelCom has poached the CFO of Verizon Wireless, Andrew Davies, and will install him as group CFO in January 2014.

Six degrees of separation

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It often feels as though the world is getting smaller – a side effect of the increasing density of human networks. The Informer is sure you’ve heard of a popular theory that most people in the world are connected to each other, and Kevin Bacon, by no more than six steps.

Russian operators begin to phase out iPhone

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

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.

Operator boards to blame for lack of innovation

Operator board members are less innovative than those at OTT players, claims European Leaders

The boards of the world’s ten largest operators are dominated by executives with legal, financial and engineering backgrounds, resulting in a conservative culture that “struggles to drive and nurture innovation”, according to recruitment consultancy European Leaders.

VimpelCom brings LTE to Moscow

VimpelCom has launched LTE services in 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.

VimpelCom exits Cambodia

VimpelCom exits Cambodia

Operator group VimpelCom, now headquartered in Amsterdam, said that it has agreed to offload its entire stake in Cambodian operation Sotelco to local investment partner Huot Vanthan.

Altimo makes a play for Orascom Telecom Holding

Altimo has made a bid to own all shares in Egyptian counterpart Orascom Telecom Holding

Russian operator group Altimo has made a bid to acquire all shares in Egyptian counterpart Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH). The firm made an offer via the Egyptian Stock Exchange, and OTH said it learned about the offer through a notice published by Egypt’s Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA).

Vimpelcom posts rise in profit for 2012

Russian firm Vimpelcom saw its revenue grow four per cent year on year to reach $23.1bn while net income was $2.1bn; a four-fold increase on the 2011 figure

International operator group Vimpelcom, which is headquartered in Amsterdam, has posted stable earnings results for 2012. In the final quarter of the year, the group’s revenue rose three per cent year on year to reach $6bn, while net income stood at $801m. The firm posted a net loss of $381m in the same quarter of 2011.

Life of the party

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This week the The Informer’s phone has been ringing off the hook with event invitations, gossip and briefing opportunities for Mobile World Congress; he’s been fielding more phone calls than Findus.

VimpelCom signs Ericsson’s first managed services contract in Russia

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Russian operator VimpelCom has signed a five-year managed services contract with Ericsson. The Swedish vendor’s first major managed services contract in Russia sees it managing Vimpelcom’s network operations at more than 10,000 sites.

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