VimpelCom Russia (Beeline) and Tele2 Russia have agreed a network sharing pact spanning 27 regions of the country, Vedomosti reports, citing an agreement signed by Beeline CEO Mikhail Slobodin and Sergei Emdin, his counterpart at Tele2. As per the terms of the deal, the pair will share passive and active infrastructure (communication channels and switching equipment), as well as 2G, 3G and 4G frequencies, in regions such as Irkutsk, Saratov, Tver, St. Petersburg, Leningrad Oblast, and Krasnodar. In eight of the regions in question – Magadan, Ulyanovsk, Omsk, Astrakhan, Ryazan and Orenburg, Kamchatka and Mordovia – Beeline already has similar network sharing agreements with other operators, so the contracts will become tripartite arrangements, with the addition of Tele2. Moscow, the report notes, has been excluded from the arrangement.
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