The National Commission for Communications and Informatization Regulation of Ukraine (NCCR) expects that the next stage of introduction of the 4G technology in Ukraine is going to be for the 900 MHz band, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“Our next priority is the 900 MHz band. We are currently working on it. Once all preparation works are completed, we are going to present a plan on the introduction of 4G communications for this band to the sector and the Ukrainian government. There are three spectra of 5 MHz each in duplex not operated by the military. However, more research and approvals are required,” NCCR Chairman Oleksandr Zhytovsky said.
According to Zhytovsky, operators require “low frequencies” in the 800-900 MHz bands to enhance communication in rural areas and cover a broad area with stable signal.
Zhytovsky said that the situation with the 900 MHz band is rather complex by the fact that a large number of users are working there with various technologies. In order to create the conditions for launching 4G communications in this band, certain amendments to Ukrainian regulations are required. The commission is also working on a tender for the 2300 MHz band.
“We have already received applications from two carriers for the 2300 MHz band – Giraffe and Datagroup. Currently, the applications have been submitted to the Cabinet of Minister of Ukraine,” Zhytovsky said.
Zhytovsky said these corporations own the frequencies in this band and seek to receive an opportunity to introduce 4G service there with a similar scheme designed for carriers for the 1800 MHz band. However, Zhytovsky failed to suggest an approximate date for the 800 MHz band tender (the so-called “digital dividend”). According to Zhytovsky, all questions regarding the launch of 4G service for the 800 MHz band should be addressed to the National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting.