(QHA) -

Three Ukrainian mobile operators, Astelit (TM Life:)), MTS-Ukraine and Kyivstar, will obtain 3G licenses to introduce the third generation communication technology in Ukraine.

The bidding for licenses has been held on Monday by the National Commission for Communications and IT Regulation.

The first lot has been purchased by Astelit, which paid UAH 3 billion 355.4 million with a starting price of UAH 2.708 billion.

MTS-Ukraine has purchased the second lot, providing the range, which is less affected by the neighboring frequencies users, for a starting price of UAH 2.715 billion.

The last competitor, Kyivstar, automatically gets the third lot, if the company agrees to pay UAH 2.705 billion of starting price.

All the licenses will be issued for a period of 15 years.

December 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the resolution No. 1181 on tender to sell licenses for the use of Ukraine's radio frequency 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.