Ukrainian state-run fixed line operator Ukrtelecom has delayed plans to roll out a 3G mobile network until the first half of 2007; it had previously planned to launch services in December this year. The telco’s deputy chairman Igor Sirotenko told a news conference on Tuesday that the delay is due to the company’s inability to hold a tender for equipment suppliers, adding that necessary procedures for holding the tender had not been put in place and that the situation was not the company’s fault. Company chairman Georgy Dzekon explained earlier that Ukrtelecom planned to announce the results of a tender in late March, but was hampered by changes to legislation on government purchases, including those by companies under indirect state control, that took effect in mid-March. Ukrtelecom received its W-CDMA concession in December 2005, and remains the country’s sole 3G licensee; the government aims to auction off an additionalUMTS licence by the end of 2006.
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