Vodafone of the East

Mikhail Fridman has always set his sights high. The Russian oligarch started his working life cleaning windows in the early 1990s, but a decade on and he is one of the most successful businessmen in Russia. The Alfa Group that he built up has interests in oil, finance, real estate and even tea, but in April he cleared away the last obstacle to fulfilling his dream: to build a “Vodafone of the east.”

Number of subscribers in Ukraine decreased to 55 mln

ACM-Consulting estimate cellular subscribers for November 2009 in Russia and Ukraine. Russia: Number of subscribers (valid SIM cards) increased to 205.5 mln, up 0.5 mln from October 2009, 21.2 mln from November 2008; Penetration  increased to 141.5% (up 0.4% from October 2009, 14.6% from November 2008); There were 190 and 186…