NCCR turns down applications for 3G, WiMAX licences

15 Feb 2007

Ukraine’s National Commission for Communications Regulation (NCCR) has refused to issue a 3G mobile licence to the country’s largest mobile operator Kyivstar, reports Prime-Tass. Kyivstar filed an application to the regulator in mid-January for an UMTS concession in all 27 Ukrainian regions, but the regulator denied it on the basis of ‘a lack of free frequencies’. Kyivstar and three rival cellcos, UMC, Astelit and URS, have repeatedly had their requests for 3G concessions turned down; Ukraine’s only 3G licensee, state-run fixed line incumbent Ukrtelecom, received its permit without auction in late 2005 and plans to launch mobile services in the first half of this year.

Elsewhere, Ukrtelecom has not had it all its own way this week, as the NCCR refused to issue the operator with WiMAX licences for nine regions. The regulator also rejected applications for nationwide WiMAX licences from UMC and Ukrainian Satellite Systems, and in all three cases attributed its decision to a lack of available frequencies. It also said that additional WiMAX licences would only be issued in formal tenders or auctions.