Ukraine’s MNP tender ‘annulled’ on appeal from rejected bidders

22 Mar 2016

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) has ordered the Ukrainian State Centre of Radio Frequencies (UCRF) to cancel all decisions taken after the disclosure of proposals in the tender for mobile number portability (MNP) services, reports BizLiga. If the decision stands, it will mean the result of the UCRF’s MNP tender – in which domestic IT company Dialink was selected to design, develop and implement an MNP database in late-January – will effectively be annulled and the process must be repeated, further delaying the introduction of number portability in Ukraine. The AMCU received two official complaints about the UCRF’s MNP selection process: from qualified bidder T4B (a Polish ICT and electronics group) and SI Center, a Kyiv-based IT security solutions specialist which had its application disallowed for violation of tendering rules. In a post on its company website dated 18 March, SI Center states that the antitrust authority upheld its appeal against the MNP selection process, adding: ‘Pursuant to the decision of the Antimonopoly Committee [the UCRF] will have to carry out a new assessment [to] select a new winner of the tender’.