Lifted by the acquisition of fixed-line operator Golden Telecom and favourable currency movements, VimpelCom's net operating revenues reached 66.8 billion Russian rubles (2.15 billion U.S. dollars) in the first quarter of 2009, an increase of 31% versus the first quarter of 2008. Mobile revenue in Russia grew 12% year-on-year to 45.7 billion roubles boosted by a 17% rise in subscribers.
During the quarter, VimpelCom's residential broadband subscribers in Russia, including fibre-to-the-building and mobile broadband connections, increased by 300,000 to 1.5 million. Seeking to preserve cash, VimpelCom slashed capital spending 55% year-on-year to 3.9 billion roubles in the quarter.
Boris Nemsic, Chief Executive Officer of VimpelCom, said: "The relatively minor impact of the economic environment on the operational side of our business reconfirms our belief in the resilience of the telecom industry." source: VimpelCom presentation