MTS-Ukraine offers biggest price for all three lots at 3G communications license tender
MTS Ukraine mobile communications operator has offered the biggest price for all three lots during a tender to receive licenses for 3G communications.
The bids were opened at a meeting of the tender commission of the National Commission for Communications Regulation (NCCR), an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported.
The operator offered UAH 2.708 billion for the first lot, UAH 2.715 billion for the second lot and UAH 2.705 billion for the third lot.
Kyivstar offered UAH 2.705 billion for the first lot, Astelit – UAH 2.703 billion.
For the second lot Kyivstar offered UAH 2.71 billion and Astelit – UAH 2.703 billion.
For the third lot Kyivstar offered UAH 2.7 billion and Astelit – UAH 2.703 billion.
At 11:00 the commission held a closed-door meeting to decide the date and location of the auction.
As reported, the regulator plans to hold the auction on February 23.
As reported, Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers on December 1, 2014 published resolution No. 1181 dated November 5, 2014, to give the go-ahead for a tender to sell licenses for the use of Ukraine's radio frequency (RF) resources, to introduce UMTS technology under International Mobile Telecommunications-2000 (IMT-2000) specifications, covering the following frequency bands: 1920-1935/2110-2125, 1950-1965/2140-2155, 1965-1980/2155-2170 MHz.
The winners of the tender will be required to provide high-quality 3G mobile services in every regional center of Ukraine within 18 months after the license has been issued. In 2-6 years they should start providing high-quality 3G mobile services in villages with a population of over 10,000.
The cost of RF conversion is estimated at UAH 1.6 billion and will be covered by the mobile operators. The sum may change depending on inflation. The first phase of conversion is expected to take 23 months; the second phase may last for 18 months and the third phase for 17 months.
Payment for conversion will be proportional to the number of lots in equal proportions, and on equal terms.