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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

GSM Tender Result Disputed

The Federal Anti-Monopoly Service said Monday that it would contest the results of GSM license tenders in the Far East in court after a complaint filed by the country's second-largest mobile firm, VimpelCom.

VimpelCom has brought a lawsuit against the decision to auction the licenses, claiming selection rules violated antitrust legislation. The firm appealed separately to the watchdog.

"We will go to court asking that the tenders for GSM licenses in the Far East be declared invalid," said Konstantin Senichkin, head of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service's transport and communication department.

In July, the Federal Service for Mass Media, Telecommunications and the Protection of Cultural Heritage auctioned licenses to provide GSM-based wireless services in far eastern regions.

VimpelCom took part in the auctions, but won licenses only in the least populated regions. Most of the licenses were awarded to privately held firm Summa Telecom.

Senichkin said it was up to the court to decide whether new tenders should be held.

"Under the law, all we can do is to establish a violation of the anti-monopoly legislation in the tender and go to the court with a claim to declare its results invalid," Senichkin said.

An official at the service said it would await recommendations from the anti-monopoly service before amending tender rules.

VimpelCom declined to comment.