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VimpelCom and CK Hutchison receive
final regulatory approval for Italy joint venture


(25 October 2016, Hong Kong and Amsterdam): CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. (“CK Hutchison”), parent company of Italian mobile operator 3 Italia, and VimpelCom Ltd. (“VimpelCom”), parent company of WIND, confirm that they have received final approval from the Ministry of Economic Development (Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico or MISE) in Italy for their 50/50 joint venture to merge the mobile businesses of 3 Italia S.p.A and WIND Telecomunicazioni  S.p.A. (“WIND”).

CK Hutchison and VimpelCom welcome the approval, which means that the transaction remains on track to complete by the end of the year. The combined entity will deliver major investment into Italy’s digital infrastructure, bring benefits to consumers and businesses across Italy and unlock significant value through synergies.

About VimpelCom
VimpelCom (NASDAQ: VIP) is an international communications and technology company, headquartered in Amsterdam, and driven by a vision to unlock new opportunities for customers as they navigate the digital world. Present in some of the world’s most dynamic markets, VimpelCom provides more than 200 million customers with voice, fixed broadband, data and digital services. VimpelCom’s heritage as a pioneer in technology is the driving force behind a major transformation focused on bringing the digital world to each and every customer. VimpelCom offers services to customers in 14 markets including Russia, Italy, Algeria, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Laos, and Zimbabwe. VimpelCom, whose licenses cover 10% of the world's population, operates under the “Beeline”, “WIND”, “Djezzy”, “Mobilink”, “Kyivstar”, “banglalink” and “Telecel” brands. Follow us on Twitter @VimpelCom, visit our blog @ blog.vimpelcom.com or website @ http://www.vimpelcom.com.

About CK Hutchison
CK Hutchison is a multi-national conglomerate headquartered in Hong Kong and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Limited with 270,000 employees in over 50 countries. CK Hutchison has five core businesses: ports and related services, retail, infrastructure, energy and telecommunications. The telecommunications division includes mobile and fixed line operations in Hong Kong and Macau, mobile operations in Indonesia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka, and in Europe, mobile operations in Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom. For more information visit: www.ckh.com.hk.


Contact Information:

Media and Public Relations
VimpelCom Ltd.
Neil Moorhouse
Tel: +31 20 79 77 200 (Amsterdam)
Email: pr@vimpelcom.com
  
Investor Relations
VimpelCom Ltd.
Massimiliano Cominelli
Tel: +31 20 79 77 200 (Amsterdam)
Email: ir@vimpelcom.com
CK Hutchison Holdings Limited
Hans Leung
Tel: +852 2128 1370
Fax: +852 2128 1766
Email: hansl@ckh.com.hk