Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Friday Review: New comrades on the block

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 08 October 10

As Russia's Vimpelcom joins the global mobile big league, some say rival MTS could follow suit.

A Russian operator joined the ranks of the world's largest mobile operators this week, and it might not be the only one to make its mark on the global stage. The $6.5 billion merger of assets agreed by Vimpelcom and Weather Investments, the holding company for Orascom Telecom and Italy's Wind will, according to the main protagonists, create the world's fifth-largest mobile operator by subscribers. While the deal will not leave the merged company rubbing shoulders with the seriously big guns – China Mobile has over half a billion subscribers, leaving it well ahead of second-placed Vodafone's 347 million at mid-year - it does put it within striking distance of America Movil and Telefonica (see chart) and creates some serious economies of scale…

A Russian operator joined the ranks of the world's largest mobile operators this week, and it might not be the only one to make its mark on the global stage. The $6.5 billion merger of assets agreed by Vimpelcom and Weather Investments, the holding company for Orascom Telecom and Italy's Wind will, according to the main protagonists, create the world's fifth-largest mobile operator by subscribers. While the deal will not leave the merged company rubbing shoulders with the seriously big guns – China Mobile has over half a billion subscribers, leaving it well ahead of second-placed Vodafone's 347 million at mid-year - it does put it within striking distance of America Movil and Telefonica (see chart) and creates some serious economies of scale…

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