Ukrainian government passes resolution permitting launch of 4G 1800MHz auction

10 Aug 2017

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers adopted a resolution on 9 August allowing the National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR) to proceed with the tender for 4G mobile licences in the 1800MHz spectrum band, BizLiga reported. According to First Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv, the document confirms the minimum fees for issuing nationwide 15-year 1800MHz licences at the level set by the NCCIR in July, while Chairman of the NCCIR Alexander Zhivotovsky indicated that the 1800MHz auction is likely to happen in the first quarter of 2018, shortly after the upcoming 2600MHz auction, which is scheduled to take place by the end of 2017.

TeleGeography notes that the 1800MHz auction should fetch a minimum of UAH3.975 billion (USD154 million), based on the floor price set at UAH265 million per 10MHz nationwide, with a total of 2×75MHz up for grabs (incumbents to be given rights of first refusal on 2×60MHz, with 2×15MHz placed in an open auction). Earlier, on 4 July the Cabinet agreed on the minimum total cost of 4G 2600MHz licences at UAH2.3 billion.