National Television Council to eye provision of Kyivstar with licenses for digital TV

In January 2010, the National State Television and Radio Broadcasting Council intends to provide the Kyivstar mobile communication operator with licenses for digital television in seven cities, first deputy chairman of the council Andrii Miroshnychenko told for Ukranews.

He said that the Wednesday meeting did not consider the license assignation as it had incomplete package of documents.

He also said that the next meeting of the council will be held this year, but the issue of the license assignation to Kyivstar will not be eyed again.

At the same time, he said that the assignation of licenses of this sort to several companies is expedient.

The deputy chairman of the council said that if other companies do not register documents quickly, the documents will be granted to those companies, which submit their documents faster.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, in November, Kyivstar intended to obtain a license for the provision of digital TV service based on the IPTV technology until 2010.

The company will launch the relevant networks mainly in the Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Odesa, Lviv, and Simferopol.

Kyivstar also plans to use these networks to provide digital television services based on the IPTV technology.
The company plans to provide these services under its own trademark.

Kyivstar announced in August that it intended to launch a digital television service based on the IPTV technology in 2010.

The Telenor telecommunications company (Norway) owns 56.51% of the shares in Kyivstar and the Storm company owns 43.49%.

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