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Do the maths in Moscow
01 April 2004
The executive heading a major investment in OSS in Moscow's metropolitan gigabit ethernet carrier Comstar is a former professor of mathematics. Alan Burkitt-Gray interviews Vladimir Pelipenko on investment plans to upgrade systems in a highly competitive market
People come into the telecommunications business from a wide
variety of careers. There are, of course, lots of bankers and
lawyers, though possibly fewer now than during the dotcom boom.
There are people who have run office products companies and
supermarket chains. There are still many who started by
installing phones in customers' premises or checking wiring
along poles in the street.
And Vladimir Pelipenko, the chief information officer of
Comstar in Moscow? He's a former professor of mathematics.
As Russia has changed over the past decade and a half, so
has he. He has moved from the Moscow State University first to
one of the incumbent telecoms operators and then, two years
ago, to a senior position in a metro ethernet provider with
Moscow has a highly competitive market for telecoms, says
Pelipenko. "There are a lot of alternative suppliers."
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