According to a post by online media company Digit, the new president of «Tele2 Россия» / Tele2 Russia, Alexander Provorotov who was appointed in April 2013 due to the sale of the company to «ВТБ» / VTB, together with the new shareholder is developing a strategy aimed at increasing the company’s business through a variety of scenarios: from M & A transactions to partnerships with other players who want to be an MVNO.
«Tele2 Россия» / Tele2 Russia has licenses to provide telecommunications services using GSM standard in 42 regions of the Russian Federation, serving 23,235 million users, and ranked as the fourth largest in the Russian Federation.
The company does not own the licenses for 3G and LTE thou: “We are working together with VTB on a new strategy for the company, which will include the development of an existing business, and the opportunities offered by the M & A market and cooperation with other operators. The main objective – is to increase the company in size, to become a full-fledged fourth federal operator. All our options are being considered, and we are in negotiations, “- said Provorotov.
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«Tele2 Россия» / Tele2 Russia also reported that the company is in talks with various operators to use the MVNO model.
Earlier, the head of «Ростелекома»/Rostelecom”, Sergey Kalugin said that the company is in talks with «Tele2 Россия» / Tele2 Russia for a mutual MVNO. According to Provotorova such negotiations are under way with other operators too- namely the “big three”, and with regional players, but some of the arrangements are too early to say.
“We need to understand if we can maintain the current level of efficiency and profitability, if we work as an MVNO. It’s no secret that the traditional marginality of virtual operators is lower than that of the classical operators, so the solution must be commercially viable for us, “- said the head of «Tele2 Россия» / Tele2 Russia.
Provotorova also said that, the company was in talks with «Скартелом» / “Skartel” (бренд «Yota» / Yota) for use of its networks, but it has been suspended because «Tele2 Россия» / Tele2 Russia was not satisfied with the terms offered.
The MVNO model considered by the company, in particular, would be for it to enter the Moscow market, where the company still does not have presence.