Ukraine’s telecoms regulator, the National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR, or locally abbreviated to NKRZI), has awarded CDMA 800MHz mobile licences covering twelve regions of the country to GSM-based cellco Astelit (Life:)). In its decision, issued yesterday, the NCCIR awarded Astelit 800MHz frequencies for CDMA celluar operations in Kyiv (city), Crimea, Sevastopol, Kyiv (county), Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, Odessa, Kharkiv, Lugansk, Zaporozhye, Poltava and Mykolayiv, under licences valid until 2016. In a corresponding decision, it revoked Astelit’s legacy licences for digital cellular operations based on D-AMPS platforms. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database shows that Astelit closed down its legacy TDMA-based 800MHz network services in 2007 but retained the 800MHz frequencies for future use.
In the same session, the regulator awarded a CDMA-800 mobile licence covering the Lviv region to Ukrainian-Cyprus joint venture Ukrainian Wave.