Who: Russia-based Vimpelcom
Vitals: The mobile company was founded in 1992, it has more than 52 million customers in Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, and reaches more than 95% of the Russian population.
Why you should care: Vimpelcom is rumored to have made a bid to acquire its fast-growing fellow Russian firm, wireline provider Golden Telecom. Whether the deal is happening or not, Vimpelcom appears to be one of several international mobile carriers interested in buying its way into the wireline world.
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