Russian mobile carriers VimpelCom (VIP +0.2%) and Mobile TeleSystems (MBT +0.3%) are prepared to...

|About: Mobile TeleSystems (MBT)|By:, SA News Editor

Russian mobile carriers VimpelCom (VIP +0.2%) and Mobile TeleSystems (MBT +0.3%) are prepared to offer $4B-$4.25B for rival Tele2 Russia, Bloomberg reports. Though Sweden-based Tele2 has already agreed to sell its Russian ops to local bank VTB for $2.4B + assumed debt, there have been reports of third-party interest. Billionaire Mikhail Fridman's Alfa Group might also join the fray.