The National Communications Regulatory Commission (NCRC) admits holding a tender for selling licences for UMTS (3G) mobile communications before 2011, Commission Chairman Volodymyr Oliinyk has announced in course of an international investment forum named Integration and Partnership.
“I guess we’ll be able to organize the tender in late 2010,” he said.
Oliinyk also says that the Defence Ministry worked out a three-stage plan for conversion of relevant radio frequencies.
In his information, operators will be able to start working on the conversion frequencies after the first stage, which supposes conversion straightforwardly.
According to the plan, realization of this stage takes up to eight months and requires financing of UAH 840 million.
Commission Chairman thinks that this procedure can be shortened to six months, moreover, the operator has to organize work in the frequencies within six months after issuing a licence, which allows holding the competition as early as in 2010.
He forecasts, in the near time the conversion plan must be reconciled by the interested government agencies.
In case the Verkhovna Rada approves the principle of technical neutrality (supposes operators to introduce new technologies without additional licensing), Oliinyk remarks, operators will be able to introduce fourth generation communications (LTE) on those frequencies that will be assigned for 3G.
This April, the Commission expected a tender to sell 3G licences not before the autumn 2010.
On November 27, 2009, the Commission canceled a tender for sale of licences for 3G mobile communications on a demand from the Prosecutor-General’s Office.
This was a consequence of then president Viktor Yuschenko’s suspension of resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers headed by then prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko obligating the Communications Commission to hold auctions on sale of licences for 3G mobile communications on frequencies currently used by the Defence Ministry of Ukraine.