Back to square one: Ukraine’s MNP process cancelled

7 Aug 2017

The Ukrainian State Centre of Radio Frequencies (UCRF) has decided to restart the process of selecting providers for implementing mobile number portability (MNP), due to long-running legal proceedings between bidders causing ‘long term uncertainty’, BizLiga reports. The unanimous decision was made on 31 July 2017 at a meeting of the committee on competitive bidding, effectively scrapping a process begun in 2015. Kyiv-based IT security solutions specialist SI Center had been chosen by the UCRF as the lead implementer of MNP systems in a re-run tender in April 2016, backed up by a decision from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, which had nullified the previous winning bid of Ukrainian IT company Dialink, but subsequent rulings from the Supreme Economic Court of Ukraine (April 2017) and the Supreme Administrative Court reversed previous decisions of other courts (the latest being January 2017) which had enabled the UCRF to enter into an agreement with SI Center. Furthermore, several other lawsuits remain pending, including a claim from Dialink regarding its rights to conclude an agreement with the UCRF under the original MNP tender.