Beeline receives Kyivstar spectrum, number allocation ahead of Crimea launch

8 Jul 2014

Russian mobile giant Vimpelcom, which operates under the Beeline brand, is poised to commence operations in the breakaway Ukrainian region of Crimea, after being issued with the spectrum allocation previously reserved for sister company Kyivstar. According to an unconfirmed report by Interfax, Russia’s State Radio Frequency Commission (SRFC) has cleared the transfer, and issued Vimpelcom with an allocation of 500,000 numbers, beginning with the 978 prefix.

Last week TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that MTS Ukraine had closed its sales and service points in the Crimean city of Sevastopol to make way for its Russian parent Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) to take over its operations. According to local media reports, Russian MTS mobile SIM cards are already being sold in the city and surrounding peninsula.

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