PEOPLEnet objections to mobile broadband licensing dismissed

29 Nov 2012

The Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine has dismissed a complaint lodged by CDMA operator PEOPLEnet to the National Commission for Communications and Information Regulation (NCCIR), which earlier this month issued a mobile broadband frequency licence to a company named First Investment Alliance, reportedly linked to Lutsk-based businessman Igor Yeremeyev’s Kontinium conglomerate. PEOPLEnet had sought to invalidate the actions of the regulator, which has now issued frequency bands 1900MHz-1920MHz as well as 1980MHz-2000MHz to First Investment, according to a report by ProIT. PEOPLEnet previously tried without success to obtain licences in these bands, but court decisions went against it, citing the fact that the spectrum needed conversion by the regulator to be used in its CDMA2000 network. In September this year the NCCIR’s conversion of the bands for mobile broadband usage received government approval, but the regulator reportedly issued all the frequencies to First Investment instead of PEOPLEnet. Associated companies of Yeremeyev’s Kontinium hold a controlling share in another Ukrainian CDMA operator ITC, but earlier this month ITC confirmed that it was shutting down its mobile operations and transferring its subscribers to larger rival Intertelecom.