29 Dec 2015

VimpelCom announces country winners of Eurasia Mobile Challenge

Amsterdam (December 29, 2015) - VimpelCom Ltd. (“VimpelCom”, “Company” or “Group”) (NASDAQ:VIP), a leading global provider of telecommunications services headquartered in Amsterdam and serving over 217 million customers, is pleased to announce the country winners of its Eurasia Mobile Challenge. Out of over 550 teams of young entrepreneurs who signed up to participate in the competition, national juries selected the top three winners from each participating country.

The winners are:

Armenia DailyDoc – Armenia 
Localz – Armenia 
Medlee – Armenia 
Georgia Cherrytea – Georgia 
iTraineeCoach – Georgia 
Treepex – Georgia 
Kazakhstan mDirect – Kazakhstan 
Once – Kazakhstan 
Я Волонтер  (I am a volunteer) – Kazakhstan 
Kyrgyzstan Artasian – Kyrgyzstan 
Easy Taxi – Kyrgyzstan
Multilingual Social Network – Kyrgyzstan
Russia Tim the Fox – Russia 
#cube – Russia 
Beauty Up – Russia 
Tajikistan RegTra – Tajikistan 
HouseShare – Tajikistan 
Mobile Order – Tajikistan   
Uzbekistan rank.uz – Uzbekistan 
Stolik – Uzbekistan 
Идеальные услуги (Ideal Services) – Uzbekistan 

The Eurasia Mobile Challenge, launched in September, is an initiative of VimpelCom’s Make Your Mark program. The competition is being run in partnership with Huawei Technologies Co, Ltd. As part of the competition, young entrepreneurs were tasked to come up with the industry’s next big mobile solution in one of the following categories: “entertainment and culture,” “environmental benefit,” “social benefit” or “other.” The teams were coached and judged on innovativeness, relevance to the local community, scalability, originality, and business model feasibility by successful local and international entrepreneurs, as well as VimpelCom leaders.

All 21 winning country teams are invited to take part in the regional Eurasia Mobile Challenge final in Moscow, on 27-28 January 2016 where they will deliver presentations.  Following the regional final, three winners from the Eurasia region will participate in the Global Mobile Challenge final in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, 22-26 February 2016.

To see the latest news about the competition, visit www.eurasiamobilechallenge.com

About VimpelCom

VimpelCom, an international telecoms company operating in 14 countries and headquartered in Amsterdam, is one of the world’s largest integrated telecommunications services operators providing voice and data services through a range of traditional and broadband mobile and fixed technologies in Russia, Italy, Algeria, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Laos, and Zimbabwe. VimpelCom’s operations around the globe cover territory with a total population of approximately 740 million people. VimpelCom provides services under the “Beeline”, “Kyivstar”, “WIND”, “Mobilink”, “banglalink”, “Telecel”, and “Djezzy” brands. As of September 30, 2015 VimpelCom had 217 million mobile customers and 5.8 million fixed-line broadband customers on a combined basis. VimpelCom is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol (VIP).

For more information follow us on Twitter @VimpelCom or visit our blog blog.vimpelcom.com or website www.vimpelcom.com

Contact information

Investor Relations
VimpelCom Ltd.
Remco Vergeer
Tel: +31 20 79 77 200 (Amsterdam)

Media and Public Relations
VimpelCom Ltd.
Neil Moorhouse
Tel: +31 20 79 77 200 (Amsterdam)

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