Ukrtelecom wins court battle with regulator over licence extension

18 Mar 2016

Ukrainian nationwide fixed network operator Ukrtelecom has won the right to extend its existing local telephony operating licence for at least five years after the Kiev Administrative Court of Appeal overturned a ruling from the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications & Informatization (NCCIR or NKRZI) which had insisted that the telco pay for a new licence on the grounds that the existing concession was issued under outdated regulatory terms. BizLiga reports that under the court’s decision of 10 March, the fixed local access licence will be renewed from 3 April. In December 2015 the NCCIR refused to renew the concession (last reissued in July 2011) as it said the service definitions specified in the licence were inconsistent with current legislation, and told Ukrtelecom to pay a new licensing fee.