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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.  

We’re a diverse group of industry professionals from all corners of the world. Our desire is to provide a high-quality telecoms publication that caters to an international market, offering the latest and most relevant telecoms information to businesses, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts.

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Explore the future of cloud gaming in AMD’s booth #1820

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Blacknut will be presenting its cloud gaming solution, built on Radian Arc’s turnkey Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) GPU-Edge platform which is powered by AMD Radeon™ PRO V520 GPUs and AMD EPYC™ CPUs, at Mobile World Congress Los Angeles 2021 in the AMD booth #1820.

Cloud gaming is an emerging category in the games industry with market projections estimated to exceed $6 billion in revenue by 2024. Blacknut is the leading cloud gaming solution distributed to consumers and businesses through ISPs, device manufacturers, over the top services and media companies. 

Radian Arc and Blacknut have developed a turnkey solution for cloud gaming utilizing AMD Radeon PRO V520 GPUs and AMD EPYC CPUs to harness a high-performance gaming architecture, delivered across ISPs including 5G networks. 

“Gaming is intrinsic to AMD, whether we are delivering CPUs and GPUs for the latest game consoles or high-end gaming PCs,” said Jeff Connell, corporate vice president, Visual and Cloud Gaming, AMD. “Working with Blacknut and Radian Arc, AMD GPUs and CPUs are expanding their gaming presence by powering high-performance cloud gaming solutions that can be delivered through ISPs, telcos and more.” 

“Cloud gaming requires carefully selected components that cannot be found in traditional cloud providers as well as the expertise to operate them efficiently and worldwide,” said Pascal Manchon, CTO, Blacknut. “We are seeing a growing demand from our distribution partners for such optimized ‘Performance vs Cost’ solutions to deploy cloud gaming services and that is what we delivered with Radian Arc and AMD.” 

Blacknut’s solution is deployed in multiple regions of the world, including LATAM, EMEA and APAC through partnerships including Telecom Italia, AIS in Thailand, Hutchison Drei in Austria, POST Telecom in Luxembourg, Telecall in Brazil, with more to come soon. Together with Radian Arc, Blacknut brings the first “Hybrid Cloud Gaming” solution to market, allowing on-demand gaming services to seamlessly run on both public and private cloud. 

Facilitated through a CapEx-free model for telecom operators, Radian Arc delivers a ground-breaking, highly efficient, GPU-based edge platform to provide the best, low latency and fastest game start times to consumers. Additionally, Radian Arc offers its IaaS through joint sales efforts to telecom operators and game publishers around the world.

“By utilizing AMD CPUs and GPUs and creating virtual GPUs, we are able to deliver a highly efficient CCU to CapEx solution,” said David Cook, CEO, Radian Arc. “We’ve created a significant improvement in the economics and performance of cloud gaming with our approach and through partnerships with network operators.” 

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Will Comium case be taken to another level, expose corruption and take authority heads to court?

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Comium settled all its 2020 dues and 2021 PURA fees. It has also agreed and signed with the tax authorities on 2021 payment plans, as learned from accurate and reliable sources.

So why is PURA still suspending Comium license?

Unfortunately, with all Comium’s efforts to safeguard the jobs of its employees, the government, PURA and the minister of information and communication infrastructure have not taken any action to protect the source of living of more than 125 families; they did not lift a finger to solve their issue! While Gambians were expecting urgent and extensive day-to-day meetings in order to reach a positive resolution that would not jeopardize those family’s income, nothing was done at this level until today. If no sign of wavering sees the light immediately, the country will suffer an economic downfall, and scare away any potential foreign investor too.

Following these stated facts, we have come across a classified information, that Comium will be taking legal actions against this corruption network that is having zero empathy to the people of Gambia who will suffer hunger and poverty due to loss of jobs.

Is the government ready to suffer the consequences of its actions? Will this state of corruption endanger some Gambian political heads?

We will keep you updated and expose the names of the corruption that is harming the Gambians.

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VEON’s Beeline and Leading Medical Institute Join Forces to Redefine Future of Medical Diagnostics Through AI

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VEON Ltd. (NASDAQ: VEON, Euronext Amsterdam: VEON), a leading global provider of connectivity and internet services, announced on October 12, that its mobile operator in Russia, Beeline, has signed an agreement with Sechenov University to create an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Laboratory for research and development into new technology solutions for healthcare, aiming to simplify and accelerate high-precision diagnostic. 

The new AI Laboratory will see data scientists and doctors collaborate on research and development of predictive medicine solutions in traumatology and oncology. Over 120 professionals from Beeline and Sechenov University, including data scientists, solution architects, neural network programmers and medical experts, will be involved in the new AI Lab to provide a critical mass of expertise. The AI Labs will undertake specific research programmes, scientific exchange and staff secondments, with IT infrastructure provided by Beeline’s datacentres. 

“Technology based on artificial intelligence is transforming modern medicine” states Kaan Terzioglu, CEO of VEON Group.  “We have invested in AI at the core of our digital operator businesses and are proud of our contribution to the development of state-of-the-art technology. This will be a game-changer in the way we support medical institutions, save lives and keep people healthy throughout their lifetime.” 

“This joint AI Lab will enable smart software solutions to be trained by findings from some of the best doctors in the industry and so help to significantly simplify and expedite high-precision diagnostics processes. said Evgeny Chereshnev, Executive Vice President of Beeline for Digital and New Business Development. “This greatly increases the chances of successful treatment of patients, and sometimes, literally saves lives. Our partnership with Sechenov University is a new direction for Beeline which is already yielding results. Sechenov’s experts are some of the best in the world, and we are delighted to be working with them to develop and apply high-tech solutions.” 

“Our partnership with Beeline began earlier this year. In particular, we focused on the study of joint pathology in the framework of Laboratory of Smart Nanotechnology for Clinical Applications supported by Megagrant from Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. Based on the analysis of more than 4,000 medical records, we managed to create a model that determines the type of pathology and its localization with over 80% accuracy. This technological solution can help doctors significantly accelerate the process of diagnosing joint pathologies and its accuracy, and also makes it possible to predict the possible disease, track the effectiveness of treatment and dynamically make adjustments to it. For a patient, this can open the way for timely help and medical treatment instead of surgery,” explains Petr Glybochko, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, prof., MD, Rector of the Sechenov University. “The next step would be to work with the Russian healthcare system to test AI diagnostics in a clinical environment. In the future, we plan to extend our work to the field of cardiology, immunology, pulmonology and post-covid therapy.” 

“The development of AI solutions in medicine and their introduction into practical healthcare will enable the solving of complex diagnostic problems at a new level. New software solutions, based on the use of neural networks and artificial intelligence will be integrated in electronical medical records for the Russian Healthcare System. The project will create a collaboration of IT engineers and medical experts that builds the preconditions for a real technological breakthrough.  This can enable the creation of “digital twins” and their introduction into clinical practice. This is one of the main directions of development of Sechenov University within the framework of the Priority 2030 project, which will be implemented thanks to the cooperation of specialists from Sechenov University and VEON’s Beeline,” said Petr Glybochko, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, prof., MD, Rector of the Sechenov University.

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 Sechenov University 

Sechenov University is the oldest medical school in Russia. Currently, it has more than 21,000 students (20% international). Teaching and research staff (2,263 people) work at 115 departments. Sechenov University has 23 research institutes, 6 of them form the Biomedical Science and Technology Park. Sechenov University offers courses in clinical medicine (general medicine, paediatrics, dentistry), preventive medicine, pharmacy, nursing, social work, public health, management, medical biophysics, medical biochemistry, biotechnology, bioengineering and bioinformatics, clinical psychology, defectology, linguistics, mathematical modelling, IT, and materials science. 

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 management plans and future performance. 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. 

Contact Information  

Marina Levina 

VEON Group 

Group Communications Director 

Marina.levina@veon.com 

Julian Tanner 

TUVA Partners 
julian.tanner@tuvapartners.com 

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