Russia’s Beeline appoints new CEO

Russian telco and wireless provider, Beeline, has named former MTS Group executive Vasyl Latsanych as its next chief executive. Latsanych, who has spent more than 16 years in telecoms – most of it with rival telco MTS Group in a number of senior roles – is due to take up his new post on January […]

Vimpelcom rebrands as Veon, sets new company direction

Russian service provider VimpelCom has rebranded to Veon as part of its efforts to transform itself “from a telco to a global tech company”. Veon said it is undergoing a “reinvention” based around the rollout of its new Veon-branded internet platform – a service that it launched in Italy in Q4 2016 and now aims […]

Iliad to become Italy’s fourth mobile player

France’s Iliad Telecom has signed a deal with Hutchison and VimpelCom to acquire assets that the pair are being forced to sell off to secure approval of the merger of their Italian mobile subsidiaries by the EC. According to Iliad, which operates in France under the Free brand, the agreement will enable it to launch […]

Beeline TV extends OTT reach with Apple TV

Russian service provider VimpelCom, which operates under the Beeline brand, has launched a Beeline TV app on the fourth-generation Apple TV box. The app enables Beeline TV subscribers to watch channels on Apple TV regardless of their domestic internet provider, enabling those who do not use Beeline’s broadband service to sign up for the TV […]

VimpelCom makes senior marketing appointments

Russian service provider VimpelCom has made a number of senior marketing appointments. Irina Lebedeva, formerly head of marketing in the Moscow region, has been named as director of residential marketing, while Snezhana Chernogortseva, formerly marketing director at Red Bull Russia, has been appointed as director of strategic marketing and integrated communications, bringing together marketing communications […]

Telenor ends Baksaas consultancy as Vimpelcom fallout takes its toll

Telenor has terminated its consultancy agreement with former CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas by mutual agreement amidst the ongoing fallout of an international criminal investigation into alleged corruption involving Russian service provider Vimpelcom, in which the Norwegian telco has a one third stake. Baksaas, who stepped down as Telenor CEO in August after 13 years, was […]

Telenor to divest VimpelCom stake

Telenor Group has announced its intention to divest all its shares in Russian operator VimpelCom, where the company has an economic stake of 33%. Telenor Group will now fully focus on creating value in core operations. Telenor said that VimpelCom has gradually contributed less to the value of the group, and the value of Telenor’s […]

Vodafone, Wind and Metroweb to build Italian fibre network

Vodafone and Vimpelcom-owned Italian mobile operator Wind have reportedly signed an agreement with broadband firm Metroweb to build a fibre-optic network in Italy.  According to a Reuters report, Metroweb, which is partly owned by the Italian state, will act as a “building block” for the multi-billion euro plan – which will take place independent of Telecom […]

VimpelCom names SFR’s Charlier as new CEO

Former SFR CEO Jean-Yves Charlier is to replace Jo Lunder as CEO of Russian service provider VimpelCom. Lunder is leaving the post for personal reasons, according to local reports. However, VimpelCom’s operational and financial performance has been subject to criticism over the past couple of years. The company posted significant losses and a dip in […]

Beeline launches catch-up TV

Russian service provider VimpelCom, which operates under the Beeline brand, has launched a catch-up TV service, initially in the Moscow region.  The service will make a range of content available to Beeline TV subscribers for 48 hours after its initial broadcast. The service will cover content from 80 channels, including Animal Family, My Planet, History, […]

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