Vietnamese military-owned telecoms group Viettel is interested in acquiring a 2G/3G/4G mobile network operating licence in Ukraine, reports UAPress citing Ukraine’s ambassador to Vietnam, Alex Shovkoplyas. Reportedly Viettel is seeking a licence including three spectrum bands – 900MHz (2×5MHz), 1800MHz (2×10MHz) and 2100MHz (2×10MHz), while the Vietnamese operator has also said it would provide internet services via the installation of a fibre-optic network. Viettel currently operates in Vietnam and other countries including Cambodia, Laos, Haiti, Mozambique, Timor-Leste and Peru, with a launch in Cameroon imminent, TeleGeography notes. The Ukrainian report adds that in March 2011 Viettel signed with the State Agency of Ukraine for Investments a ‘memorandum’ for a potential investment of up to USD600 million in telecommunications, also involving a national project under which one million students could be provided with 4G internet. Ukraine is expected to belatedly issue further UMTS licences this year for operators to compete in the 3G segment with the existing sole 2100MHz licensee Ukrtelecom (TriMob).
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