Parliament gives initial nod to law preventing frequency hoarding

23 May 2012

A draft legal amendment expanding the powers of Ukraine’s telecoms regulator, the National Commission on Communications Regulation (NCCR, or locally NKRZ), has received initial approval in a parliamentary first reading. Under the draft amendment to the country’s Law on Telecommunications, the watchdog will be authorised to prevent a single operator accumulating excessive frequency resources, reports Telecompaper citing Ukrainian news site TeleGeography says that the level of imbalance in Ukrainian operators’ wireless spectrum holdings is notable, particularly regarding mobile market leader Kyivstar, part of the Vimpelcom group, which accumulated the frequencies, licences and all other resources of Golden Telecom (Ukraine) and Ukrainian Radio Systems (Beeline) in a series of mergers and integrations, with no regulatory controls imposed on the enlarged group by either the NCCR or the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine. Amongst the other new powers granted under the latest draft legislation, the NCCR will be able to fine operators for violating regulations on the use of resources including telephone numbers.