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MegaFon Weighs Buying Scartel to Expand Data Business

OAO MegaFon, Russia’s second-largest wireless carrier, is considering buying smaller operator Scartel to expand its network as mobile Internet use increases, Chief Executive Officer Ivan Tavrin said.

“Scartel is a very interesting asset,” Tavrin, 36, said in a phone interview from Moscow. “We do not exclude the possibility of an acquisition in the future but, obviously, depending on its terms.”