Articles by Igor Tsukanov

Big 4 Mobile Operators Unite for 4G Distribution

Rostelecom, MTS, VimpelCom and MegaFon have formed a consortium that will draw up proposals for the distribution of frequencies for fourth-generation cellular telephone links.

Yevroset Planning for IPO Next Year

Yevroset co-owner Alexander Mamut is preparing the country's largest phone retailer for a London initial public offering next year, allowing him to make a profit on the company he bought during the crisis for $200 million to $300 million.

Odnoklassniki Founder to Sell His Stake to DST

Odnoklassniki founder Albert Popkov is planning to sell his stake in the social network, allowing Digital Sky Technologies to bring its share in the company to 100 percent.

Microsoft Opens Windows for FSB

The U.S. software giant signed an addendum to its agreement with the scientific and technical center Atlas, a federal state unitary enterprise that develops informational security systems and reports to the Communications and Press Ministry, a Microsoft spokesman told Vedomosti.

IPhone 4 to Come to Russia This Fall

VimpelCom will start selling the Apple's iPhone 4 in September or October, the mobile operator said.

Duma Committee Calls for Reform of Foreign Specialist Permits

Highly qualified foreigners will receive work permits outside of the Federal Migration Service's quota system, and the government will need to review the request for the permit within 14 days. Currently, work permits take 12 months to 23 months to be processed.

Foreign Firms Agree to Stay Bribe-Free

On Wednesday, dozens of leaders of international companies working in Russia will commit themselves to refraining from participating in corrupt practices.

Facebook to Open Russian Office

Social-networking site Facebook is in talks on cooperation with Russian mobile operators and is opening up an office in Russia.

DST, Prof-Media Bid for ICQ

Two Russian companies, Digital Sky Technologies and Prof-Media, have made binding offers for the instant messaging platform ICQ, as has China's Tencent.

Apple iPhone 3GS to Hit Shelves in March

VimpelCom and Mobile TeleSystems both said they would start selling the iPhone 3GS soon.

Svyazinvest Poised to Make MegaFon Bid

Talks are already under way with Alisher Usmanov, who controls a 31.1 percent stake in MegaFon.

Usmanov, State Discuss Swap of Telecoms Assets

Billionaire Alisher Usmanov's AF Telecom Holding is considering swapping the MegaFon shares for part of the Svyazinvest fixed-line unit, which by mid-2011 is supposed to absorb seven of Svyazinvest's regional companies.

Bill Introduces Separation Between Citizen and State

Under a new draft bill, citizens would receive all state services, from marriage registration to business licensing, in multifunctional centers rather than directly from the state.

200 Million SIM Cards, and Growing

The country’s cell phone operators are now servicing nearly 200 million active SIM cards, and while the actual number of customers is half that, companies are giving away free numbers and looking for other ways to win new clients.

DST to Buy $100M Of Facebook Shares

The technology investor’s offer values the social networking site at $6.5 billion, less than when DST bought a stake in May.

State Railways to Offer Retail Space in Stations

But potential bidders say the lots are either too large or too pricey given the risky market.

Customs Tightens Grip on Phones

The Federal Customs Service has stiffened the rules for importing cell phones, requiring that each handset be inspected individually and leaving stranded hundreds of thousands of units in Moscow warehouses.

Line Goes Dead for IP-Telephony Discounts

Cheap international calls from Russia via IP telephony are becoming a thing of the past.