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The government of Belarus once again tries to sell the share (51 %, the rest at the Russian MTS) in cellular operator SOOO MTS

the Government of Belarus once again tries to sell the share (51 %, the rest at the Russian MTS) in cellular operator SOOO MTS. To take part in the auctions 45 companies are invited. The previous attempts to find the investor 4 one of leaders of the local market of communication have not crowned by success, applicants in $1 mlrd have counted an estimation overestimated. the Ministry of Communications and information of Belarus declared a direction of 45 invitations to potential buyers on presentation of sale of a state share (51 %) in SOOO MTS. Among them, as have noted in a press - department service, there are large operators of telecommunication of the CIS and the far abroad. Date of carrying out of auction is not established yet.

one year ago Belarus already tried to sell the share in SOOO MTS at the price co-ordinated with the president of republic by Alexander Lukashenko - $1 billion Originally interest to purchase has shown not only the Russian co-owner of the Belarus operator of MTS (49 % of actions of the Belarus company own), but also other large operators, such, as "Vympelcom" and "Rostelecom". Besides, on auction presentation last year there were representatives "VTB the Capital», "Three Dialogue», "Renaissance", Junikredit - bank, the British auditor Ernst &Young, Latvian "Brokers", the Belarus legal, auditor and investment companies, representatives of the Iranian embassy. Auction has been appointed to December, 1st of last year, then transferred on 23 - e number of the same MTH then it is at all excellent. Absence of potential buyers became the reason of failure of the auctions - on total auction has not been submitted any demand.

Based in 2002 Belarus - the Russian joint Open Company of MTS provides cellular communication services in Belarus in standard GSM 900/ 1800, since 2010 - in standard UMTS on 97,8 % of territory of republic. By data by the current moment user`s base SOOO makes MTS more than 5 million users.

In the Russian MTS which was considered as the most probable potential buyer, earlier repeatedly declared interest in the transaction, however specified that the price established by the Belarus authorities, is overestimated at least twice. The Belarus party, in turn, reminded earlier that the price in $1 mlrd has been established, proceeding from estimations of independent experts (it is known that audit was spent by the Belarus company).

In MTS do not make comments on possible participation of the operator in the auctions. In a press - to service of the State committee on republic Belarus property have informed that possibility of decrease before the established price on - former is not considered by the Belarus party. "Revaluation of the given active W participation of foreign auditors 2 is not included into the nearest plans», - the representative has added a press - services.