Interfax-Ukraine reports that incumbent telco Ukrtelecom has submitted an application to the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council for an IPTV operating licence for the fourth time. Board Chairman Heorhiy Dzekon announced at a press conference: ‘On 25 July we for the fourth time applied to the national council for an IPTV licence,’ after the authority refused it a concession on three previous occasions for various reasons, including out-of-date legislation that did not cover fees for IPTV-based broadcasting service providers. However, the path appeared to be cleared after appropriate legal amendments were made in 2010 and an IPTV licence fee framework was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers earlier this year. Dzekon indicated that even if the recently-privatised telco failed to win the broadcasting regulator’s support for its IPTV plans it could concentrate on ‘over-the-top’ internet-based TV content platforms instead, for which it would not require a licence.
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