Ukraine completes LTE tender for 1,800 MHz band, Kyivstar tops bids

Wednesday 7 March 2018 | 12:17 CET | News

Ukrainian national telecommunications regulator NKRZI has completed a tender on licences for LTE services in the 1,800 MHz band. The operators will be able to use the bands in all regions for 15 years. The regulator recently completed the first tender on LTE bands in the country, distributing licences for the 2,600 MHz band

Mobile operator Lifecell won the first lot for the 1,710-1,725/1,805-1,820 MHz bands, paying UAH 795 million (EUR 24.4 million). Market leader Kyivstar won the second lot for the 1,725-1,750/1,820-1,845 MHz bands, paying UAH 1.325 billion. Mobile operator Vodafone Ukraine won the third lot for the 1,750-1,770/1,845-1,865 MHz bands, for UAH 1.06 billion.  

Kyivstar also won the fourth lot for the 1,770-1,775/1,865-1,870 MHz band, paying UAH 612 million, and the sixth lot for the 1,775-1,780/1,870-1,875 MHz bands, paying UAH 900 million. Vodafone Ukraine won the fifth lot for the 1,780-1,785/1,875-1,880 MHz bands, paying UAH 742 million.  

The initial price for all of the bands totaled UAH 3.975 billion. The total proceeds reached UAH 5.434 billion.

There are still no LTE services in Ukraine, after 3G was launched only in 2015. However, all operators report a strong increase in data demand since the start of 3G, with many unlimited data plans released in the past year. 

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