The licenses for 3G communication must be sold exceptionally through an
open and transparent competition with the participation of European companies,
said at a Government meeting on Friday, September 5, the Prime Minister of
Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasized that introduction of 3G technologies is
much needed for Ukraine: "We should develop our telecommunications market
and finally promote companies at the market, those capable to obtain a license
for fast Internet services, and thus to provide new quality services in
He stressed that there had been formed a monopoly in the mobile
communications market, "where Russia controls the entire mobile
communications area of Ukraine”: “I want to clarify the position of the
Government on this issue - we will not allow monopoly in the 3G market. My
position as Prime Minister is clear - this time Russia won’t receive an
exclusive right over all licenses for telecommunications in Ukraine".
The PM accentuated that the licenses for 3G communication must be sold
"solely on a public and transparent principle, instead of selling under
the table". He stressed that it is important to ensure competition with setting a minimum price, which must be justified: "The price
is not UAH 200 million, but billions".
"We want to see European companies as
participants of such public tender. And to demonopolize this market I even agree to consider selling one of the licenses for
UAH 1, with the only purpose to
prevent the Russian monopoly and
to guarantee coming of truly European companies in here, that will
ensure competition. It is
necessary to make the service better and the price cheaper," said
"We hope that relevant
national regulators, protecting the interests of Ukraine, will implement this
decision of the Government," added the Prime Minister.