Five vendors bidding for Ukrainian 3G network

11 Apr 2006

Ukraine’s National Commission on Communications Regulation (NCCR) has received five applications from telecoms equipment suppliers to build a test 3G network, a commission spokesperson told news agency Prime-Tass yesterday. Finland’s Nokia, Sweden’s Ericsson, China’s Huawei and ZTE and Siemens of Germany were among the applicants, according to the spokesperson. Construction of the network is expected to be jointly financed by vendors and mobile operators. Among the operators that have applied for 3G licenses are Kyivstar, UMC, DCC/Astelit and URS. Ukraine’s state-owned fixed line monopoly Ukrtelecom received a 3G licence in 2005. The government is considering auctioning three 3G licences later this year, but before the auction can go ahead, frequencies currently used by the military must be reallocated.