Ukraine moves forward with 2600MHz 4G licensing plan

1 Dec 2016

Ukraine’s National Commission for Communications Regulation & Informatization (NCCIR or NKRZI) has adopted draft amendments allowing the regulator to launch a tender for licensed 4G mobile frequencies in the 2600MHz range, whilst the Commission will accept comments on the plan until 30 December 2016, BizLiga reported. Under the amendments to Cabinet Decrees No. 993 and No. 200, the 4G licensing plan involves concessions issued for 15 years, incorporating 80MHz of spectrum in the bands 2510MHz-2545MHz, 2565MHz-2570MHz, 2630MHz-2665MHz and 2685MHz-2690MHz, with measures included for compensating existing frequency holders. The NCCIR is expected to launch a 4G licensing tender before the end of 2017. BizLiga calculated that under the draft plan a nationwide 20MHz licence (i.e. 25 regions [oblasts]) will cost UAH530 million (USD20.6 million). Existing 2600MHz licence holder MMDS (part-owned by fixed line incumbent Ukrtelecom’s parent SCM Group) has indicated its willingness to relinquish half of its spectrum in return for compensation from the state.