Govt approves 800MHz-900MHz redistribution; Intertelecom LTE rollout to start April

7 Feb 2020

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday approved amendments to the national frequency plan to allow redistribution of 800MHz and 900MHz spectrum to support expansion of 4G LTE mobile networks, Interfax-Ukraine reports. Operators – including GSM/3G/LTE providers Kyivstar, Vodafone and Lifecell, alongside CDMA operator Intertelecom – are expected to renew their licences under revised conditions on a technology-neutral basis in March, with Intertelecom to begin developing an LTE network in April, according to Prime Minister Aleksey Goncharuk. Kyivstar, Vodafone and Lifecell are expected to utilise the 800MHz-900MHz bands for LTE expansion from July.

The latest frequency plan amendments also cover elimination of mutual interference in the operation of CDMA and E-GSM networks, while in addition, the usage of 3700MHz-3800MHz spectrum for mobile services is now permitted (effective from 1 February 2020).