A departmental chief at the Belarusian Ministry of Communications and Informatisation (MoCI), Henadz Tsaryk, says the government is ready to begin accepting bids for licences to offer 3G mobile services. A report from the news agency Belapan says that bids will be welcomed both from incumbent operators and market entrants, with Tsaryk noting that the launch of 3G networks would ultimately depend on the pace of the allocation of frequencies. The MoCI is hoping to consider bids for third-generation network licences before 1 December 2008. The nation’s two leading GSM operators, Velcom and MTS, have already announced plans to bid for a 3G licence. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database writes that frequency bands 1885MHz-2025MHz and 2110MHz-2200MHz have been allocated for UMTS, and some official sources suggest they will be offered via a competitive tender.
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