Ukraine’s telecoms regulator, the National Commission for State Regulation of Communications & Informatization (NCCIR), has sent its draft prices for 1800MHz 4G LTE-suitable spectrum licences for government approval, ahead of an auction expected later this year. The draft sets the floor bidding cost at UAH265 million (USD10.2 million) per 10MHz in the band in all Ukrainian regions. The 1800MHz spectrum tender will follow Ukraine’s planned 2600MHz 4G licence auction (incorporating frequencies returned to the regulator by MMDS Ukraine). Existing GSM-1800 frequency allocations will be returned for conversion/redistribution, with 2 75MHz in the 1800MHz band up for grabs – although a large portion (2×60MHz) will be guaranteed to the three main cellcos to provide continuity of service, and the remaining 2×15MHz placed in a competitive auction. Kyivstar – which holds the bulk of the existing GSM-1800 range – is likely to claim its right of first refusal on 2×25MHz, whilst Vodafone Ukraine (MTS Ukraine) could purchase a reserved 2×20MHz block and Lifecell 2×15MHz, TeleGeography writes.
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