President signs decree on 4G introduction in 2017

27 Jul 2015

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko on 21 July signed a decree ‘On ensuring conditions for the introduction of mobile communication of the fourth generation’, local news site IT Expert reports. According to the decree (No. 445/2015) the Cabinet of Ministers, together with the telecoms regulator NCCIR and other involved parties must adopt an action plan for 2015-2017 on the introduction of 4G LTE mobile services in 2017. Note that Ukraine did not issue 3G UMTS licences to its three largest mobile operators until February 2015, whilst technology-neutral usage of spectrum (e.g. 1800MHz) for 4G LTE has not yet been approved.