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CABINET SCHEDULES 4G TENDER FOR DECEMBER 2017

KYIV. Dec 1 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Cabinet of Ministers has approved an action plan to deploy LTE (4G), a standard for wireless communications of high-speed data for mobile phones and data terminals, in Ukraine, under which a 4G tender is to be called in December 2017.

This is stipulated in Cabinet resolution No.1232 dated November 11, 2015.

Under the resolution, technical specifications for a feasibility study for the introduction of 4G in Ukraine should be approved by the end of the current year. What is more, a foreign consulting agency is to be hired to conduct that study. The consulting agency will be selected by local telecoms market operators. An agreement with the agency is to be concluded this December.

The feasibility study is scheduled to last December 2015 through November 2016. Then the Cabinet will work to prepare respective legislation to introduce such 4G-related notions as “refarming” and “technology neutrality.” Transparent and fair allocation and use of Ukraine’s radio frequency resource should be also ensured legislatively (in February 2017, according to the approved schedule). After that, the National Table of Radio Frequencies and the Plan of Radio Frequencies Use should be amended correspondingly.

From November 2015 to June 2017, a plan of measures should be approved and implemented to make frequencies in the 790-862 MHz bandwidth, now used by radio broadcasting (television) services, available for the deployment of LTE technology. In June 2017, frequencies in the 694-790 MHz bandwidth shall be made available and measures shall be taken to ensure electromagnetic compatibility and joint operation of radio electronic means of special users and general users of LTE.

In December 2017, the government plans to conduct refarming (to reallocate the frequencies) and the introduce technology neutrality on the basis of 3GPP specifications.

The final plan will be considered completed when a 4G tender is to be called in December 2017, which will provide “telecoms market subjects with a competitive right to use radio frequency for LTE technology, including packages within different bands, and determine the winners that have met all the conditions and offered the highest bid for a corresponding band.”

 

UKRAINE SOWS WINTER CROPS ON ALMOST 90% OF PROJECTED AREA – AGRICULTURE MINISTRY

KYIV. Dec 1 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Winter crops in Ukraine have been sowed on 6.6 million hectares of the 7.4 million hectares projected by the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food.

According to the ministry, winter wheat and triticale were sown on 5.6 million hectares (or 91% of the forecast), rye on 145,000 ha (or 92% of the forecast), and barley on 879,000 ha (84%).

Winter rapeseeds were sown on 649,000 ha with the forecast being 823,000 ha.

A survey of the area sowed with winter crops as of November 27, 2015 showed that sprouts had been obtained on an area of 5.3 million hectares, or 80% of crops. Crops on 3.4 million hectares (64%) are in a good and satisfactory state, those on 1.9 million ha (36%) are weak and thinned.

As reported, the ministry expects the area sowed with crops for the 2016 harvest to reach 7.4 million hectares, which is 17.5% less than the harvest in 2015.

EBRD, UKSATSE RESUME COOPERATION UNDER EUR 41.2 MLN LOAN

KYIV. Dec 1 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprise (UkSATSE) on November 30 resumed cooperation under an air navigation system modernisation project originally negotiated in 2012 and UkSATSE will utilise a long-term loan from the EBRD of up to EUR 41.2 million.

An Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported that the updated document was signed by EBRD Director for Ukraine Sevki Acuner and UkSATSE Head Dmytro Babiychuk.

Under the new agreement, the loan will help UkSATSE implement the investment programme approved by the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL).

The investment programme comprises the replacement and modernisation of UkSATSE’s communication, navigation, surveillance and data processing equipment.

EBRD said that it is of particular importance to both UkSATSE and Ukraine, as it enhances the safety and security of the air navigation service provision over the Ukrainian territory and helps increase flight efficiency for airspace users.

Acuner said that the loan is issued under guarantees of the Ukrainian government.

The project is expected to be supported by a parallel loan of a similar size and nature from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

UkSATSE said that it plans to send EUR 20 million to increase the quality of navigation in the country and international airspace over the Black Sea in 2016.

The financing facility is opened for 10 years.

KERNEL WANTS TO EXPORT 4.5 MLN TONNES OF GRAIN IN FY2016

KYIV. Dec 1 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Grain exports in FY 2016 (July-June) will total 4.5 million tonnes, the founder and board chairman of Kernel Andriy Verevsky said at a phone conference with investors.

“This financial year we plan to realize our ambitious plan: to export 4.5 million tonnes of grain,” he said.

Verevsky said that the company completed the winter crop sowing campaign, although due to bad weather, wheat sprouts are growing slowly.

“Today the situation is better than a month ago, but it is early to make the final decisions on further actions. Maybe, 10-15% of fields will be re-sowed with spring crops. It is not a problem for us. We have resources. We could re-sow with corn and soybeans, which would balance additional expenses,” he said.

Verevsky said that in September 2010 Kernel signed a contract with Creative on crushing 200,000 tonnes of sunflower seeds on a tolling basis. The contract would expire soon. There are no new contracts, although Kernel is working on this direction.

Kernel is a vertically integrated company which has been operating in the Ukrainian agribusiness sector since 1994. The group produces sugar and sunflower oil, distributes bottled oil under the brand names Schedry Dar, Stozhar and Chumak Zolota, exports oil and grain, and provides elevator storage services for grain and oilseeds.

EU OFFERS UKRAINIAN BUSINESSES, INVESTMENT PROJECTS FUNDING UNDER HORIZON 2020 PROGRAM WORTH EUR80 BLN – LAWYER

KYIV. Nov 30 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The European Union has offered Ukrainian businesses and investment projects funding worth EUR80 billion under the Horizon 2020 program

Managing Partner of the Poberezhnyuk and Partners law group Larysa Poberezhnyuk told Interfax-Ukraine the country signed an agreement with the EU in March on Ukraine’s participation in the Horizon 2020 program, which was ratified last August.

Horizon 2020 is the largest EU program for research and innovation with a budget of approximately EUR80 billion.

The period of the program’s implementation is seven years, from 2014 to 2020.

“This cooperation has opened up new prospects for the development of national business. Intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth are the goals that Europe proclaimed in its strategy until 2020 that could be implemented in Ukraine thanks to this program, which allows us to get funding for innovative projects and new directions,” she said.

According to the lawyer, Ukrainian enterprises and companies have the opportunity to fully participate in these processes to develop their own business and implement new technologies.

LOZOVA MACHINERY PLANS TO BOOST SHARE OF EU COUNTRIES IN TOTAL EXPORTS TO 40-50% IN 2016

KYIV. Nov 30 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Lozova Machinery (Kharkiv region), part of UPEC industrial group, plans to increase the share of the European market of total exports of agricultural machines to 40-50% in 2016 compared to 30% at present.

Vice President for Marketing and Sales at UPEC Roman Girshfeld told Interfax-Ukraine that the plans are based on the expected signing of agreements with large European dealers.

Some agreements were reached with representatives of large dealers in the EU (France, Romania, Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Estonia) at the Agritechnica 2015 exhibition held on November 8 through November 14 in Hanover (Germany).

Girshfeld said that Lozova Machinery plans to increase exports by six times in 2016, and the large growth will be seen on the EU market.

“This year was a watershed year for Lozova Machinery and exports sales grew. Exports of agricultural machinery rose by 2.5 times, being 86 units,” he said.

He said that Lozova Machinery plans to cooperate with several key dealers in each European country.

It is also planned to expand the range of products.