Comptroller finds Kyivstar, Vodafone Ukraine not guilty of collusion

5 Oct 2018

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has concluded that market-leading cellcos Kyivstar (owned by VEON) and Vodafone Ukraine (backed by MTS) are not engaged in anti-competitive practices or collusion on pricing, dismissing the allegations of third-placed operator Lifecell (part of the Turkcell group). Lifecell claimed that there was a lack of competition between Kyivstar and Vodafone in regions where either holds a dominant position in subscriber terms, specifically Vodafone in Western Ukraine and Vodafone in the East, but the Committee’s investigation found that there was no monopolistic position in these cases. Lifecell continues to assert that the commercial activities of its larger rivals are anti-competitive and intends to appeal the latest decision.