3G licence price being hiked up

25 Nov 2014

The starting price of licences in Ukraine’s upcoming 2100MHz 3G auction is likely to rise, according to a report by Capital.ua. Sources from the regulator, the Cabinet and the mobile industry indicated that the government has returned once more to the ‘finalisation’ of the draft terms of the UMTS licence tender. A member of the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR) was quoted as saying: ‘We are asked to change the value of the lots in relation to the new [US] dollar [exchange rate].’ According to a Cabinet decree of 5 September (the text of which was published in November), a 2×15MHz nationwide UMTS licence would cost a minimum UAH2.443 billion (USD158 million), but the Cabinet has since referred to the fact that this figure should be adjusted ‘according to the approved methods of calculation’, as the price was designed to be pegged to the US dollar, rather than in local currency. As a result, the report said the licence price may grow by another UAH439 million to UAH2.882 billion.