Antimonopoly Committee approves 900MHz refarming plan

17 Jan 2020

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) has given its clearance to a plan for Ukrainian mobile operators Kyivstar, Vodafone and Lifecell to redistribute 900MHz band GSM frequencies between themselves and refarm the spectrum for 2G/3G/4G networks, after it verified that the plans would not distort competition, nor be detrimental to users, nor result in other negative economic or social impact. The AMCU’s decision – disclosed on the social media pages of Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation – means that operators can apply for new technology-neutral 900MHz spectrum licences, with the Ministry estimating that the expanded usage of the 900MHz band could be implemented by ‘this summer’, although noting that various other ‘bureaucratic procedures’ must be completed first. The Ministry also noted that AMCU permission was one of the requisite steps in the operators’ joint action plan approved by the regulator NCCIR. Other aspects of the refarming/relicensing plans include redistribution of 800MHz frequencies for LTE (also involving CDMA operator Intertelecom).