Rada To Cancel Licensing Of Mobile Communications Services

The parliament intends to cancel the licensing of mobile communications services.

The first reading of the relevant draft law (No. 7031) was approved by 295 votes; only 226 votes were required for its approval.

The draft law provides for excluding the following from the list of services that are subject to licensing: local fixed-line telephone services, fixed-line telephone services involving the use of wireless access to telecommunications networks, provision of local telecommunications channels.

The draft law also provides for granting operators the right to perform telecommunications operations based on inclusion on the list of operators and providers of telecommunications services.

The draft law also stipulates that generally accessible telecommunications services can be provided based on wire and wireless technologies (the active legislation does not make provision for generally accessible services based on wireless technologies).

Furthermore, the draft law provides for removing tariffs for provision of telecommunications channels for use by monopoly operators from the list of tariffs subject to state regulation.

According to the explanatory note to the draft law, adoption of this draft law will facilitate further development and improvement of the investment climate in the telecommunications industry, facilitate consumers’ access to modern telecommunications services, and improvement of the volumes and range of these services.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, parliamentary deputies Yurii Moroko of the Party of the Regions faction and Vitalii Korzh of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc faction submitted this draft law to the parliament on August 12, 2010.

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