Disaster for mobile sector as military refuses to hand over 3G spectrum

8 Sep 2008

Ukrainian telecoms regulator the National Commission on Communications Regulation (NCCR) has revealed that it has received a letter from the Ministry of Defence stating that the conversion of 2GHz band radio frequencies to civilian 3G mobile usage is currently ‘undesirable’. The military plans to continue using the frequencies for the purpose of implementing communications compatible with NATO standards. It had been anticipated that the armed forces would allow the NCCR to reallocate three 30MHz blocks of 2GHz spectrum in an UMTS licence auction for private mobile operators by the end of this year. State-owned Ukrtelecom remains the only UMTS licensee in Ukraine, where it offers commercial W-CDMA-based services under the Utel brand.