* Pays 1.4 bln roubles, including debt
* Deal to help handle growing data traffic
* Also allows to reduce network leasing costs
MOSCOW, July 30 (Reuters) - Russia's Vimpelcom, part of emerging markets telecoms group Vimpelcom Ltd VIP.N, said on Friday it had acquired Russian fixed-line provider Foratek for 1.4 billion roubles ($46.43 million), including debt.
“This deal will allow to increase the length and capacity of Vimpelcom’s own trunk line and enable it to meet growing demand in data transfer segment and reduce leasing costs,” Vimpelcom’s Vice President Andrey Patoka said in a statement.
Foratek Communication is one of the leading players in the Urals Federal District and owns more than 1,200 kilometres of fibre-optic networks, Vimpelcom said.
The company has been actively expanding since 2009 in the fast-growing broadband internet sector -- currently one of the most attractive targets for telecoms operators facing growing mobile market saturation and low usage of fixed-line phones.
Vimpelcom is Russia's third-largest mobile phone operator and together with Ukraine's Kyivstar forms Vimpelcom Ltd, a New-York listed company whose main shareholders are Russia's Alfa-Group and Norway's Telenor TEL.OL. ($1=30.15 Rouble) (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; editing by Lidia Kelly and Simon Jessop)
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