TeliaSonera, Altimo Combine Assets

TeliaSonera and Altimo combine their ownership interests in MegaFon and Turkcell

November 12, 2009

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STOCKHOLM -- TeliaSonera and Altimo have agreed to combine their ownership interests by contributing their respective direct and indirect interests in Turkcell and Megafon, into a new company. The new company will be established in a western jurisdiction and listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

The purpose is to create a leading international operator, with over 90 million subscribers in Russia, Turkey and the CIS countries, and with well functioning corporate governance. The new company will focus on developing the operational excellence of Turkcell and MegaFon as well as expanding into new emerging markets.

The main advantages of establishing the new company is that the control over and liquidity of the assets will improve. This will be achieved by simplifying the shareholder structure of both Turkcell and MegaFon, listing the new company, agreeing on a long term dividend policy and paying regular dividends.

Once established, the new company will own a majority of the shares in both Turkcell and Megafon. AF Telecom, the third major shareholder in Megafon, is also invited to join the partnership. Provided AF Telecom joins, TeliaSonera and the Russian investors will have substantially similar ownership and equal influence over the new company.

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