Ukraine’s National Commission for State Regulation of Communications and Informatization (NCCIR) yesterday (31 January 2018) announced the results of the country’s first 4G LTE mobile licence auction. The market’s largest cellco by users Kyivstar (part of the VEON group) paid the most for its spectrum, bidding UAH916.3 million (USD32.2 million) for 2×15MHz of contiguous 2600MHz band frequencies (three lots of 2×5MHz). Lifecell (a subsidiary of Turkcell) spent almost as much on its 2600MHz licences, UAH909.3 million for 2×15MHz (one 2×10MHz lot plus a 2×5MHz lot). Vodafone Ukraine (owned by Russia’s MTS) bid a lower amount, UAH631.0 million for a contiguous 2×10MHz spectrum block.
The NCCIR notes on its website that the 2600MHz auction’s total proceeds of UAH2.288 billion exceeded the minimum bid value by UAH168.6 million.
The same three operators are also the sole bidders in Ukraine’s upcoming 1800MHz LTE licence auction which begins on 26 February and will be concluded in early March.