“A unique settlement”

VimpelCom’s settlement with the US and Dutch authorities last week to resolve charges of bribery in Uzbekistan has fuelled speculation that TeliaSonera, which is also under investigation, is about to reach a similar deal.

TeliaSonera CEO Johan Dennelind does not wish to comment, other than to say the settlement VimpelCom has reached is “unique” and that TeliaSonera has received much praise for the measures it has taken to right wrongs.

The CEO tells DI that the operator is spending a great deal of time and energy trying to find a “natural buyer” for its business in Uzbekistan, and that he expects the divestment of the Nepalese business to Malaysia’s Axiata to be completed by the end of June.