: :inin Kyiv (EET)

4G in Ukraine: government names deadline for tender, price of licenses

The National Commission for Communications and Informatization Regulation (NCCIR) plans to have held a tender for the introduction of 4G communications technology (LTE) by October 2017, Chairman of the NCCIR Alexander Zhyvotovsky wrote on Facebook, with reference to the results of the committee meeting on Tuesday, November 29.

”The prices for public discussion, compensation for existing users and the relevant changes in the radio frequency resource plan have been approved. So far, only for 2,600 MHz,” the report says.

The head of the regulator said that the tender for the introduction of 4G communications technology would be held in the second-third quarter of 2017.

The press service of the regulator told UNIAN that the project suggested that 1 MHz in the 2.6 GHz range will cost about UAH 1 million for one region. They plan to issue 15-year licenses to operators.

According to the decision of the NCCIR, the regulator adopts the amendments to decrees of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 993 and No. 200 for the introduction of the fourth generation mobile communication system and intends to make comments and suggestions to the draft until December 30, 2016.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on November 17, 2016, MMDS Ukraine Ltd, owned by Rinat Akhmetov`s SCM Group, expressed its intention to lease part of its radio frequencies in the 2.6 GHz range for the implementation of 4G-communication in exchange for financial compensation from the future winners of the tender.

In December 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the action plan for the introduction of 4G network in Ukraine, according to which the tender for the introduction of 4G communications technology will take place in December 2017.

Lawmakers have already submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a bill on radio frequency resource, providing for the introduction of LTE communications standard (4G) in Ukraine.


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