Ukraine’s government has cleared funding for the process of freeing up radio spectrum in the 2100MHz band for use by 3G mobile services, according to local press. The country’s sole holder of UMTS frequencies, state-run wireline incumbent Ukrtelecom, is still yet to launch services, whilst the remaining spectrum is currently allocated for military use. The state is thought to be unwilling to issue new W-CDMA concessions until it has completed a partial privatisation of Ukrtelecom, but its sale attempts have run into problems this year, largely due to a lack of bidder interest.
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