Mobile giant expands broadband operation
Vympelcom says the deal is worth $US 400 million.
The purchase will strengthen the telecom giant on the regional broadband services market, where it aims to increase its share to 20% by 2012.
Corbina serves 550,000 individuals and 11,000 corporate users in 24 Russian regions. It made more than $US 140 million in 2007.
Kommersant business daily reports that when the deal is complete, Vympelcom will replace the Corbina brand with Beeline, a well-known brand with mass-market appeal.
Beeline’s brand was valued at $US 7.164 billion in 2007, according to the Interbrand Zintzmeyer & Lux.