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NEXERA Launches Network API to Automate and Accelerate How Service Providers Connect Across Poland

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NEXERA’s platform was developed in collaboration with Enxoo and delivers an API-centric operator model that increases the agility and speed that local players can interconnect.

Warszawa, 16 October 2020 – NEXERA, Poland’s first exclusively large-scale wholesale telecommunications operator, has launched a Network API that enables service providers to rapidly connect and deploy services across its infrastructure in Poland. Local service providers can use the API to extend their reach with visibility into inventory, automated processes and direct connectivity to one of Poland’s fastest growing high-capacity fibre-optic access networks.

NEXERA’s platform was developed in collaboration with Enxoo, a leading provider of cloud-based solutions for the telecoms industry. The platform enables NEXERA to present its services via API while expanding its capabilities through consuming third-party APIs in the future. Enxoo helped it to deploy a multi-cloud solution that includes the integration of OSS and BSS systems with its network infrastructure. The platform was developed to comply with both the TM Forum and the Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) standards and recommendations.

“We are providing our partners with rapid access to network infrastructure across Poland. We’re removing the barriers to rolling out new services and automating processes to simplify and accelerate how they operate. Interoperability is crucial for the delivery of cohesive and consistent services across Poland and we’re proud to be enabling more partners to benefit from our services,” said Jacek Wiśniewski, CEO at NEXERA. “Automation, APIs and seamless experiences are the foundation for the future of our industry, and we’re excited to be leading this initiative in Poland. We look forward to collaborating with new partners and supporting the delivery of innovative applications and services in the local market.”

NEXERA is the first and largest wholesale-only Fibre to the Home (FTTH) operator in Poland with a Next Generation Access network of the 1,000,000 HPs target coverage. Network development is partially financed with European Funds under the Digital Poland Operation Program (POPC) while the majority of the investment is covered by NEXERA shareholders: Infracapital and Nokia.

“NEXERA is a visionary in the Polish market and together we have rolled out automation, analytics and an API-first strategy across its operations. The launch of its Network API means it can rapidly serve new demand from its partners and enable them to connect and deliver applications and services seamlessly,” said Artur Ostrowski, Chief Commercial Officer at Enxoo. “As a member of the TM Forum as well as the MEF, we recommend and implement solutions based on their guidelines. This implementation for NEXERA is a milestone in the development of standards in Poland and accelerates how the market works together.”

The Network API has been submitted as a Proof of Concept to the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). It has been launched and is operational with one of one of the largest Internet Service Providers in the Polish market.

“We are the first purely wholesale operator of this scale in Poland based solely on a fibre-optic network, cooperating with many retail operators. We give end customers the opportunity to use the offers of up to seven retail operators, which is unique in the international scale. Therefore, our ambition was to create a single, universal system, setting the standards of operation of entities on the telecommunications market. We are proud that we managed to successfully implement this innovative system,” said Tomasz Wójcik, Business Operations & IT Manage, NEXERA.

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VEON’s Beeline wins three Ookla Speedtest awards for its mobile network in Uzbekistan

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VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ and Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a leading global provider of connectivity and internet services, announced on September 15, that its operating company in Uzbekistan, Beeline, has received three awards from Ookla Speedtest for the quality, speed and breadth of its mobile network in the country. 

Beeline Uzbekistan won awards in the three categories of Best Mobile Network, Fastest Mobile Network and Best Mobile Coverage based on the performance on its networks in the first half of 2021.  

Ookla, a global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence, testing applications and related technologies, compared more than 160,000 user-initiated tests conducted via Speedtest to determine the speed and quality of mobile networks across Uzbekistan. 

For providing the fastest and most widely available mobile network in Uzbekistan Beeline was awarded Best Mobile Network by Ookla for the first six months of 2021. The results reflect Beeline’s accelerated investment in its 4G network in Uzbekistan, which at the end of the second quarter of 2021 was taken by 54 percent its customers, up from 39 percent in 2Q20. 

“This news comes as a great gift for company’s 15th anniversary, which we celebrate this year”, said Andrzej Malinowski, CEO of Beeline Uzbekistan.

“We have done a great deal to provide the best quality and the fastest internet across the country. During the pandemic last year, when the network load increased sharply with the customers’ shift to a remote working, we accelerated the pace of network construction and modernisation throughout the country. And we’ve kept up the pace of network development in 2021 as well. We are extremely pleased to see these achievements recognised by Ookla Speedtest and assure our customers they can always rely on us,” he added.

Beeline Uzbekistan’s data users continue to grow as Beeline expands its range of new digital services. Data use increased by 53 percent in the 12 months to the end of 2Q21, driving a 27 percent rise in local currency data revenue.

Since the start of 2021, Beeline has launched and modernized over 1300 base stations, more than 870 of which are 4G. Particular emphasis is being given to providing network access to remote locations, particularly in Fergana valley and the Tashkent region, where Beeline’s high-speed networks are supporting the active economic development of these areas. 

Full details of Ookla Speedtest data and results are available on Ookla’s website.   

About VEON  

 VEON is a NASDAQ and Euronext Amsterdam-listed global provider of connectivity and digital services. Our companies are transforming lifestyles through technology-driven services that empower opportunity in some of the world’s fastest-growing emerging markets. For more information, visit: https://www.veon.com  

About Speedtest® by Ookla® 

Speedtest® by Ookla® is the definitive way to test the speed and performance of your internet connection. Every day, over ten million unique tests are actively initiated by our users in the locations and at the times when their connectivity matters to them. Since our founding in 2006, an unparalleled total of more than 37 billion tests have been taken with Speedtest.  

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VEON announces the sale of its Russian tower assets for $970 million

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Amsterdam, 6 September 2021 – VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a leading global provider of connectivity and internet services, announced that it has reached agreement to sell its mobile network towers in Russia to Service-Telecom for a total
consideration of $970million. Service-Telecom is a well-known partner to PJSC
VimpelCom, which operates in Russia under the Beeline brand, and already
provides the company with passive infrastructure across various regions in
Russia. 

The sale reflects VEON’s continued focus on active portfolio management and
the pursuit of opportunities to realise the value of its infrastructure
portfolio. With over 50,000 towers across nine dynamic markets, it is one of
the industry’s largest.  

The transaction involves the sale of 100 percent of National Tower Company
(“NTC”), a subsidiary of VEON, which operates a portfolio of approximately
15,400 mobile network towers in Russia. All of the active
mobile network infrastructure currently operated by PJSC VimpelCom and the
majority of the rooftop towers will remain with the company.

Under the terms of the deal, PJSC VimpelCom and Service-Telecom have entered
into a long-term master agreement regarding the provision of tower
infrastructure services for an initial period of 8 years, and multiple
extensions of 8 years at the discretion of PJSC VimpelCom. Both parties will
additionally enter into a new build-to-suit program comprising of up to 5,000
sites by 2029. 

The master agreement provides a framework for a long-term strategic
partnership with Service-Telecom to pursue investments in network roll-out and
upgrade, and share the benefits from potential future infrastructure market
consolidation in Russia. The agreement also provides Beeline with strict
service commitments and protections enabling Beeline to place an even greater
focus on ongoing strategic initiatives and improve the quality of mobile
services for its customers.

The purchase price for the transaction of RUB70.65bn (USD970m equivalent)
corresponds to an EV/EBITDA multiple of 11.7x 2021 based on projected EBITDA of
NTC post-completion.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing is
expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2021. 

Commenting on the transaction, Kaan Terzioglu, VEON’s Chief Executive
Officer, said: “Today’s transaction is a major step forward in realising the
value of VEON’s infrastructure portfolio for our shareholders. By entering into
a long-term partnership with a strong, experienced counterparty in Russia,
Beeline will enjoy the operational and financial flexibility to serve its
customers with market-leading services through one of the nation’s largest and
most technologically-advanced mobile networks. Moreover, this transaction
allows to release the capital to deleverage VEON’s balance sheet and invest in
critical aspects of active network and digital opportunities while achieving
more financial flexibility.”

Service-Telecom CEO Nikolay Berdin noted: “The agreement reached with VEON
is a key achievement for Service-Telecom on its way to becoming a leading
telecommunication infrastructure operator in Russia. With PJSC VimpelCom as our
partner, we expect to drive sustainable long-term growth in Russia while
constructing the infrastructure backbone of the digital economy and helping to
enhance mobile broadband connectivity for consumers.”

Disclaimer

This release contains “forward-looking statements”, as the phrase
is defined in Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and
Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking
statements are not historical facts, and include statements relating to, among
other things, expectations regarding the potential benefits of the transaction
described above. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and
uncertainties, many of which VEON cannot predict with accuracy and some of
which VEON might not even anticipate. The forward-looking statements contained
in this release speak only as of the date of this release. VEON does not
undertake to publicly update, except as required by U.S. federal securities
laws, any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after
such dates or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Furthermore,
elements of this release contain or may contain, “inside information” as
defined under the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) No. 596/2014.

About VEON

VEON is a NASDAQ and Euronext Amsterdam-listed global provider of
connectivity and internet services. 

For more information visit: www.veon.com.

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Monty Mobile’s Story RBT

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Telecoms’ operators are on a mission to show their endorsement to platforms driven towards online videos and stories via its latest innovation, Story RBT.

During 2020, an approximate 80 percent of the world’s internet traffic switched their attention towards platforms that provide one of our days’ most strived for services, online videos and stories.

With Monty Mobile, operators are maintaining their focus on giving their upmost support to such platforms by supporting and supplying subscribers with essential video and digital services to stay up to date with the latest over-the-top (OTT) competition. By delivering these OTT services, Monty’s operatives will provide individual consumers with appropriate tools that best suit their requirements.

The first stone into entertainment and multimedia has been laid out.

After establishing its market control for almost 10 years, audio Ring Back Tone (RBT) can now exercise its power by bestowing Monty Mobile’s subscribers with the appropriate means to access multimedia and entertainment.

Typically, RBT, offered by Telecom operators, enables subscribers to have complete freedom in setting music or personalized recorded sounds as ring back tones.

For Monty Mobile subscribers, the company has given its user base the ultimate freedom to personalize their call experience through RBT Story. It will grant callers with the choice to enable the video feature, which will permit subscribers to indulge in watching a video while receiving a phone call, thus, substituting the conventional and old-fashioned Audio RBT.

As the world continues to decipher pioneering ways of staying connected, merging customizable videos and audio content will give subscribers a brand-new approach of interacting with audience on social media through one of the most adopted Social Media features.

By accessing Story RBT’s personal library, end-users can pick and choose from a broad range of video clips or pictures, or even move further to producing customizable video and stories to be implemented as a Video Ring Back Tone. This functionality will feed users’ creativity with the right tools to express themselves in the upmost individualistic manner.

The service offers mobile subscribers prosperous multimedia options while laying out accessible and effortless management services. This includes Interactive Voice Response (IVR), Unstructured Supplementary Services Data (USSD), SMS, Mobile Application and Web Portal.

Monty Mobile’s Story RBT platform will extend its line of services to supplying its userbase with the required tools to personalize and improve their content such as filters, colors stickers, text, captions, and filters. Subscribers have the absolute autonomy in producing any type of content to use for their callers, from photos to short video clips.

The process goes as following: once the call is assigned, the personalized video clip will appear on the recipient’s screen until the call is answered by the calling subscriber.

This will ensure untapped revenue and high Return on Information (ROI) for Monty’s operators while boosting average revenues per unit (ARPU) leading to consumers’ satisfactory and loyalty.

Give your subscribers the opportunity to capture and seize precious moments with Monty Mobile’s unique customizable video and more.

Learn more about Story RBT here.

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