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UMS company carries out a phased rebranding. The mobile operator is updating its brand and brand positioning in accordance with new lines of business. In 2019, UMS will operate under the brand name Mobiuz.

Telia Company and Fintur Holdings B.V. (Fintur), jointly owned by Telia Company and Turkcell, have agreed to sell their 75 percent holding in the leading Kazakhi telecommunications operator Kcell JSC, to the telecom operator Kazakhtelecom JSC, a company controlled by the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan through the sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna.

Telia Company sells its interest in Ucell (FE Coscom LLC) to the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Assistance to Privatized Enterprises and Development of Competition for USD 215 million on a debt free basis. The U.S. Department of Justice has been duly informed about the transaction.

October 15, 2018, Moscow - PJSC "VimpelCom" (Beeline brand) and LLC Elster Metronika report on the successful launch of a pilot project to create a system of smart metering of electricity. The project was implemented on the basis of the network of the new standard of the Internet of things - NB-IoT (Narrow Band Internet of Things).

[Moscow, Russia, October 3, 2018] VimpelCom (Beeline brand) and Huawei held a demonstration showcasing the latest fifth generation (5G) mobile connection technologies. The Moscow Museum exhibition hall was used as the demonstration zone and the dialogue between the speakers was conducted using a hologram - a digitized image transmitted through Mixed Reality glasses (MR).

PJSC VimpelCom (marketed under the Beeline brand) and Ericsson have signed a two-year strategic partnership agreement to develop 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

MTS infrastructure offering is expanding further, with the launch of the first Russia-wide network for IoT services and devices in LTE standard based on NB-IoT technology (Narrow Band IoT). We have already successful launched NB-IoT network services in 20 Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, and Vladivostok.

The trial will test and highlight the impact of IoT solutions for city residents and nearby services, businesses, and infrastructure.

June 4, 2018, Astana. Kostanay became the first city in Kazakhstan, in which Beeline launched a new generation network for smart devices. As part of the memorandum with KazTransGas (the main supplier of natural gas in the region), the cellular operator is implementing a joint project that will allow remotely recording gas meter readings using the NB-IoT technology.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and MTS, the leading communications service provider in Russia and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States), together with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, have jointly deployed Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology in Ufa City, Russia.

Moscow, Russian Federation (27 April 2018) — Public Joint Stock Company “MegaFon” (LSE: MFON), a pan-Russian operator of digital opportunities (“MegaFon” or the “Company”), announces the completion of the acquisition of a 100% stake in Neosprint LLC (the “Acquisition”).

Baku Telephone Communication LLC (Baktelecom) is launching the last generation wireless communication technology (LTE - Long Term Evolution) to provide high-quality communication services in the vicinities of Baku and near-shore areas.

March 30, 2018. A leader of the new Internet generation, lifecell launched 4.5G high-speed network simultaneously in the largest number of oblast centers in Ukraine. 49% of smartphones in lifecell network support LTE. For all subscribers to experience the benefits of a new Internet generation the operator gives one week 4.5G usage for free.

Last week, the Ministry of Transport of Russia came up with an initiative to replace GPS equipment on Russian aircraft for GLONASS equipment. The initiative of the Ministry of Transport is caused by disruptions in the work of GPS, said a member of the expert council under the Government of the Russian Federation, Andrei Ionin.

Turkcell’s (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL) subsidiary lifecell obtained the largest spectrum per subscriber in a recent license tender. lifecell will ensure high-quality and affordable connections for 4.5G subscribers throughout Ukraine.

Amsterdam, 6 March 2018- VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a leading global provider of connectivity and internet services headquartered in Amsterdam and serving more than 240 million customers, announces that Kyivstar, its wholly-owned and market-leading business in Ukraine, has acquired the following spectrum in the 1800 MHz band suitable for 4G/LTE:

“It is satisfying that we are able to announce a joint agreement with Turkcell to sell Azercell in Azerbaijan.

Kazakhtelecom JSC completed the first stage of the project on building the largest M2M/Internet of Things network in CIS based on LoRa, Zigbee and LTE technologies –Top-management of multiservice company informed about this on MWC 2018 in Barcelona.

Tatarstan in March of this year will begin testing mobile communication of 5G in Innopolis, and also in Kazan. This was reported by the agency "Tatar-Inform" with reference to the Minister of Informatization and Communications of the Republic of Roman Shaikhutdinov.

Ukrainian mobile operators today sold the first licenses for frequencies under 4G networks. The total amount of the proceeds is UAH2.46 billion, UAH169 million more than the starting value.

Amsterdam, 31 January 2018 - VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON).

Today, at the 4G-tender, the operator lifecell purchased 2*15 MHz in the 2600 MHz band for the development of its own 4G-network. According to the results of the bid winning, the company will pay 909 250 000 UAH to the state treasury for the first two lots.

“I’m happy to announce another step in our effort, to over time, leave Eurasia and focus on the Nordic and Baltic regions within the framework of our New Generation Telco strategy. I would also like to thank Geocell’s employees for their outstanding contributions and wish them all the best in the company’s next phase,” says Johan Dennelind, President and CEO of Telia Company. 

At the meeting of the State Commission for Radio Frequencies (GKRCH) held at the very end of 2017, a number of decisions were made that allow us to say that the development of the LTE-450 standard in Russia will receive a new impetus, and the future of projects for the construction of communication networks based on this standard may not be as unpromising as the experts drew in the forecasts.

The decision of the GKRC was taken at the meeting after the report of the Union of Mobile Telecommunication Operators LTE was presented. The minutes of the meeting of the SCRM are published on the website of the Ministry of Communications. In particular, for the establishment of NB-IoT networks in Russia, the commission authorized the use of radio frequency bands 453-4

MegaCom became the winner of the first electronic trading in the history of Kyrgyzstan in the form of an auction for the right to use radio frequencies in the 1800 MHz band. This will allow the company to expand existing GSM and LTE networks throughout the country.

The main elements of the MTS ecosystem are a dedicated radio access network and a cloud platform for processing traffic and storing data. At the moment, the operator has tested the infrastructure and confirms its readiness to create new digital solutions that will allow the release of unique products to the market.

Azerbaijan mobile carrier AzQtel (branded as Sazz) will build the country's first 'Pre-5G' network, operating on the TDD LTE standard, said Jeyhun Mollazade, head of Sazz.

Mollazade said that Israel’s Telrad Networks company is the equipment supplier, the contract with which was signed this autumn.

Telecom operator Velcom massively launched the first in the country narrow-band network NB-IoT (Narrow Band Internet of Things) for "Internet of things". A new technology, which is considered advanced in the world, covers the entire territory of the capital.

Beeline Kazakhstan has successfully tested the communication standard for the "Internet of Things" NB-IoT (NarrowBand Internet of Things). The testing of the technology is realized by remote acquisition, processing and visualization of the meters of electricity, gas, water and other devices of the "Smart House".

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