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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Vimpelcom Supported

MOSCOW -- Cellular telephone operator Vimpelcom will probably retain its license to operate in Moscow on the GSM-900 standard despite an appeal by its rival, Prime-Tass quoted a state Communications Committee official as saying Wednesday.

The government had granted Mobile Telesystems, or MTS, a 10-year license as sole GSM-900 operator for Moscow, but it included the possibility for the state to open the market to competition should the number of subscribers exceed 100,000, said Alexander Krupnov, a representative of the communications committee.

MTS' subscriber base is more than 130,000, Prime Tass reported.