Ukraine’s three largest mobile operators, Kyivstar, Vodafone Ukraine and Lifecell, have submitted their applications for the upcoming competitive tender for 4G LTE licences in the 2600MHz frequency range, Interfax-Ukraine reports. Vodafone Ukraine (owned by Mobile TeleSystems [MTS] of Russia) and Lifecell (a subsidiary of Turkey’s Turkcell) are both bidding for the entire seven lots (2×40MHz) of 2600MHz spectrum up for grabs, including six blocks of 2×5MHz and a non-contiguous 2×10MHz portion. Kyivstar, part of the Russian-backed VEON group, is only placing bids for the six 2×5MHz lots (2×30MHz in total).
The National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR) is today (23 January 2018) scheduled to formally approve the bids and confirm the date for the 2600MHz licence auction to take place.
In addition, the deadline for accepting applications from operators for participation in Ukraine’s 1800MHz 4G licence tender is set for 26 January 2018.