The Kyiv Post reports that Ukraine’s largest cellco by subscribers, Kyivstar, has protested the fact that Ukrtelecom has been included in the telecoms regulator’s recently announced plans for 2100MHz 3G licensing despite the telco already owning the country’s sole 2100MHz concession via its 3G mobile subsidiary TriMob. Initial plans for UMTS licensing mooted by the NCCIR in May included only the three main GSM network operators Kyivstar, MTS Ukraine and Astelit, but the NCCIR’s subsequent announcement on 8 July named five companies including Ukrtelecom and CDMA operator Intertelekom in its plans for finalising 3G tender conditions by the end of the month. Kyivstar director of regulatory and legal support, Andriy Osadchuk, argued: ‘The regulator under licensing or tenders for 3G/UMTS licences must also limit the number of potential bidders to only those operators who do not have frequency resource in the 2GHz bandwidth by itself or through its subsidiaries, and are ready to invest and develop telecommunications.’
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