VimpelCom Shows Interest in Warid Telecom

Warid-LogoVimpelCom, the parent company of Mobilink, has shown its interest in buying Warid Telecom of Dhabi Group, reported Reuters while quoting two unnamed sources.

In a market like Pakistan, where 3G licenses are planned for auction later this year, VimpelCom’s interest in buying Warid isn’t strange. However, as it appears, VimpelCom will be given second priority after Etisalat, which has confirmed to bid for Warid in Pakistan.

The news of VimpelCom’s intention to buy Warid came at a time when group has locked the deal to sell two of its African operations for USD 100 million.

VimpelCom denied to comment anything on its plan to bid for Warid Telecom.

It maybe recalled that VimpelCom operates in Pakistan through Mobilink with over 36 million subscribers. With this possible acquisition, and if merged with Mobilink, the company will only grow its lead to go beyond Telenor – number two operator in the country – by over 18 million subscribers.

At a time when new sales are hard to make, and average subscriber price is low due to lesser ARPUs, the lead of 18 million subscribers can be vital during post 3G time, not on in terms of market share only but for revenues as well.

It is not the first time that Mobilink, or its parent group, has shown interest in Warid. Company did go through the initial buy-out evaluation process for Warid when it was last up for sale back in 2011-12, but talks had ended without any conclusion.

This proposition is only going to help Dhabi Group, which now has two potential buyers instead of one. However it is still unclear if Dhabi Group will get its desired price and terms for selling Warid stakes or not.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • X Factor

    They only sold 1 Operation in Africa… who says they sold 2.. you layer

  • ahmed

    You fail to mention that Telenor is also part of VimpelCom!

    • Muhammad Waqar Aziz

      Telenor is not a part of VimpelCom, Telenor is 100% owned by Telenor Group

      • ahmed

        Telenor owns VimpelCom

        • Umar

          No , Telenor has minority share in Vimeplcom Group

          • Saad Durrani

            43 percent is not very ‘minority’, my friend.

  • Hussy

    Warid is like a prostitute. Its always been named and attached with a different group every time, been used by Fucking people and been fucked by its so called management.
    its situation is like Pakistan where every leader and his Management group feels like a King with Ministers while all others are Servants for them… I have no btter hope for Warid due to Internal Dictators…

    • test

      agreed 101% true, by having best network best equipment most expensive investment.
      So lack of HR a policies and B A Tahir group’s corruption is responsible. If warid goes i doubt that we will enjoy a good telecom service in PK.

    • Kash

      Well, I don’t see an kind of role of this forum’s moderator.
      Its very unprofessional approach

  • Zee

    What about China Mobile? Is it interested in buying Warid?