Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved the terms of the planned competitive tender for 3G (UMTS) 2100MHz mobile licences, according to one minister, Ostap Semerak, who disclosed that the government made the decision ‘two weeks ago’ but has not officially publicised it as the telecoms regulator NCCIR is yet to file the final decision with the signature of the Prime Minister. As reported by ProIT, Mr Semerak, whose title is Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers (appointed in February 2014), also stated that, in line with previous reports, the cabinet’s position is to ensure that Russian companies – or companies with ‘a large share of Russian capital’ – cannot participate in the competition for 3G licences in Ukraine. On the face of it, this ruling excludes both Ukraine’s two largest cellcos, wholly Russian-owned MTS Ukraine and Kyivstar (wholly owned by majority Russian-backed Vimpelcom).
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