SOURCE: Golden Telecom

October 10, 2007 12:50 ET

Golden Telecom and Corbina Telecom Capture Half of the Incremental Demand for Broadband in Moscow in 2007

Golden Telecom and Corbina Telecom Are Already One Year Ahead of Schedule and Will Double the Number of Cities Within "Triple-65" Project to Be Wired by the End of 2007

MOSCOW--(Marketwire - October 10, 2007) - Golden Telecom, Inc. ("Golden Telecom" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: GLDN), a leading facilities-based provider of integrated telecommunications and Internet services in major population centers throughout Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States ("CIS"), and its subsidiary, Corbina Telecom, today announce the results of the first stage of its "Triple-65" project -- the rollout of fiber-optic networks in major cities of Russia using "Fiber-to-the-Building" ("FTTB") technology.

In the last three months, Golden Telecom and Corbina Telecom added almost 65,000 broadband subscribers in the most competitive market of Moscow. The companies added 184,600 subscribers in 2007 in total, increasing the number to 299,600 by the end of September 2007.

In Russia, during the previous three months, Golden Telecom and Corbina Telecom added approximately 86,000 new broadband subscribers. During the first three quarters of 2007, the total amount of subscribers for both companies increased by 243,400 to 383,400.

In the company's original FTTB project plan, 7.9 million households with a total population of 23.9 million people in 12 cities were planned to be covered with the fiber-optic networks by the end of 2007. Today, the companies are 50% ahead of the original plan and by the end of 2007 will cover 11.6 households with a total population of 34.9 million people in 24 cities.

Commenting on these achievements, Mr. Jean-Pierre Vandromme, CEO of Golden Telecom, said, "We have already doubled what we originally planned. We have been able to accelerate the rollout of the FTTB network and are currently at least a year ahead of our FTTB project original schedule by capturing 50% of the total incremental subsidiaries in Moscow, where we are the fastest growing company in terms of broadband subscribers."

In the second quarter of 2007 Golden Telecom began testing IPTV services based on Corbina Telecom's infrastructure. IPTV technology is based on a Microsoft platform providing greater flexibility and interactivity than other IPTV services, including more than 100 channels and offering such services as "video on demand" ("VoD"), "time shift TV," "Personal Video Recorder" ("PVR") and other additional services.

The IPTV services are currently available to Corbina's Moscow broadband subscribers. In the next 6 months, the services will be available in more than 20 regions including St.-Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Saratov, Nizhniy Novgorod and the Moscow Region.

"The infrastructure of our broadband network in Russia, where the overall broadband penetration is only 9%, is at the beginning stage of its development and far behind similar projects in developed countries," says Mr. Alexander Malis, General Director of Corbina Telecom. "Our FTTB project is the biggest in Europe and by 2010 we will be able to eliminate the gap in the use of up-to-date technologies and bring Russia to the leading position among the most developed broadband markets in the world."

According to Mr. Malis's estimates, approximately 25-30% of FTTB customers are expected to subscribe to IPTV services by 2009.

About "Triple-65" project

In 2006, Golden Telecom decided to use FTTB as its main technology for broadband access. The acquisition of Corbina Telecom in May 2007 was the key element of its implementation. Together, the companies plan to rollout FTTB networks in 65 cities of Russia with a total population of 65 million people, offering broadband access and triple-play services to approximately 65% of the households which dwell in high-rise apartment blocks, hence the project name -- "Triple-65." In the targeted areas there are approximately 100 apartments per building in Russia with 2.8 people per household on average. Thus the total networks will enable access to approximately 15.6 million households with 42.3 million people, becoming the largest broadband network in Russia.

About Golden Telecom (www.goldentelecom.com):

Golden Telecom, Inc. (NASDAQ: GLDN) is a leading facilities-based provider of integrated telecommunications and Internet services in major population centers throughout Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States ("CIS"). The Company offers voice, data and Internet services to corporations, operators and consumers using its metropolitan overlay network in major cities including Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Almaty, and Tashkent, and via intercity fiber optic and satellite-based networks, including approximately 293 combined access points in Russia and other countries of the CIS. The Company offers mobile services in Kiev and Odessa.

Statements contained herein are forward-looking and are made in compliance with safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include those concerning the Golden Telecom's strategy for development of its FTTB project, predictions regarding technology and service offering and market share. The results or events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual results or events. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the possibility that we are not able to develop the FTTB project with Corbina Telecom in the manner we expect and that the project does not bring the expected benefits, including market share. Additional information concerning factors that could cause results to differ materially from those in the forward looking statements is contained in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, periodic reports on Form 8-K filed in 2007, and the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006.

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