Russia's Holding for the iPhone

Wireless operator VimpelCom is looking at a number of ways to keep up its rapid revenue growth. Adding the Apple smartphone is one of them

Will VimpelCom (VIP) be the first wireless operator to sell the iPhone in Russia? If Chief Executive Alexander Izosimov has his way, it will. "Nobody's struck a deal with Apple yet, but we would love to," he says. Izosimov says no negotiations are taking place, and he has no idea whether his company will win the rights to sell Apple's (AAPL) coveted device. But in a wide-ranging interview with BusinessWeek, the CEO makes it clear that he's looking at many avenues to maintain the rapid growth his company has seen in recent years, from adding new devices like the iPhone to expanding into the broadband business.

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