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Vimpelcom gains management power in GTel Mobile
  • | VIR | April 28, 2011 03:43 PM

Russia’s VimpelCom announced on April 26 that it had agreed with its local partner in Vietnam on a financing plan for its Vietnamese joint venture, GTEL-Mobile by funding its total investment capital up to USD500 million through 2013.

Russia\'s VimpelCom group - illustration photo

VimpelCom agreed to invest another USD304 million under this plan, which would increase its economic interest in GTEL-Mobile, the Beeline operator, from 49 percent to 65 percent. The additional financing and equity increase are subject to satisfaction of certain performance targets by GTEL-Mobile and receipt of further regulatory approvals.

Previously, VimpelCom completed the first stage of the financing plan by paying USD196 million for newly issued shares and thereby increasing its stake in GTEL-Mobile from 40 percent to 49 percent.

In connection with this investment, the joint venture parties also agreed that VimpelCom will assume operational management of GTEL-Mobile.

“Beeline operator must re-register stakes of both sides in the joint venture to the authorities, however, in principal, the Vietnamese government prefers the local partner to maintain its majority stake or 51 percent and the foreign holds 49 percent,” said an official from Hanoi Planning and Investment Department.

In another development GTEL-Mobile also completed to raise its chartered capital to around USD90 million. GTEL-Mobile running the Beeline network held only 0.16 percent of market share in Vietnam’s mobile market at the end of last year.

“We look forward to re-launching our operations in Vietnam and to strengthening our position in the high-potential Southeast Asia cluster. We are confident that we will be able to develop our operations in Vietnam in close cooperation with our partner, GTEL, while taking advantage of the scale and scope of the newly enlarged VimpelCom Group,” said Alexey Blyumin, general director of GTEL-Mobile.

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