Kyivstar Announces Resumption of Talks between NCRC and Operators on Bids for 3G Licenses

3gThe Kyivstar company, a mobile communications operator, has announced that the National Communications Regulation Commission and mobile communications operators have resumed talks on sale of licenses for third-generation (3G) mobile communications licenses.

Andrii Osadchuk, the head of the regulatory and legal department at Kyivstar, made the announcement at a press conference.

According to him, a working meeting was held at the National Communications Regulation Commission on July 7 to discuss issues related to organization of a competition or 3G mobile communications licenses.

Osadchuk said that the commission could offer three licenses simultaneously, compared with one license at the competition that was held in November 2009.

According to him, the commission could invite tenders in September.

Citing the commission, Osadchuk said that the Defense Ministry should prepare a plan for conversion of radio frequencies before the beginning of August and added that the ministry has thus far agreed to a proposal to allocate UAH 850 million for financing conversion, compared with the UAH 2.5 billion it demanded during the previous competition.

According to Osadchuk, companies will need at least one year to launch commercial operation of 3G mobile communications licenses if they obtain 3G mobile communications licenses.

He estimated the volume of investment necessary to launch commercial operation of such networks at UAH 1 billion.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, the National Communications Regulation Commission forecast in April that it would not invite tenders for 3G mobile communications licenses before the spring.

The National Communications Regulation Commission cancelled a competition for the right to provide 3G mobile communications services on November 27, 2009, at the demand of the Prosecutor-General’s Office after President Viktor Yuschenko suspended a Cabinet of Ministers resolution that instructed the commission to organize this competition, using the radio frequencies presently used by the Defense Ministry.

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