The Vega telecommunication group estimates access to Ukrtelecom’s telecommunication cable ducts at merely UAH 8 million in 2010, Yurii Chuikov, chief executive office at Vega, said in an interview with Delo newspaper.
“We paid about UAH 4 million for rent in 2009. This year we will have to pay UAH 8 million,” Chuikov said.
Vega has generally agreed terms of access to the telecommunication cable ducts with Ukrtelecom: it has signed all the required contracts, while Ukrtelecom has signed only half of them (contracts are made by fourteen legal entities of the telecommunication group on the one hand, and Ukrtelecom regional affiliates, on the other).
Besides, Vega has to pay UAH 1 or 1.5 million for certification of cable the companies laid in the Ukrtelecom telecommunication cable duct.
The telecommunication group is leasing about 60% in Ukrtelecom’s telecommunication cable ducts.
As Ukrainian News reported, on July 1, 2009, Ukrtelecom reported a six- to eight-fold increase in rates for the access to and exploitation of telecommunication cable ducts, against the existing ones.
Communication operators applied to the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) in December 2009 to recognize Ukrtelecom, the largest telecommunication company in Ukraine, as monopolist on the telecommunication cable duct market.
Oleksandr Melnychenko, acting head of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, said on February 24, 2010 he saw no grounds to declare Ukrtelecom monopolist on the telecommunication duct market.