Business news from Ukraine

NATIONAL BANK OF UKRAINE ISSUES CURRENCY TRANSFER LICENSE TO GLOBALMONEY

The National Bank of Ukraine has issued a currency transfer license to GlobalMoney LLC.
According to a posting on the website of the NBU, the decision was made on June 4.
GlobalMoney LLC has become the 19th participant in the foreign exchange market, having received the license to carry out foreign exchange operations in accordance with the law on currency and foreign exchange transactions.
The licenses issued on the basis of the law on currency and currency transactions for the implementation of currency transactions will be indefinite, whereas previously the general currency exchange licenses were issued for a period of up to three years.
The NBU provided an opportunity for simplified re-issuance of licenses to all participants in the currency exchange market. To do this, non-bank financial institutions must submit a small package of documents and return the original general license. The regulator makes a decision on reissuing the license within two months after receiving the package of documents.

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UKRAINIAN MOBILE OPERATORS MEET 4G LICENSE CONDITIONS

4G communication in the 1800 MHz band is currently available in 1,380 localities for at least 90% of their residents, the National Commission for Communications and Informatization Regulation (NCCR) has reported. In accordance with the list of localities provided to the NCCR by operators, 4G communications in Ukraine cover: 95 localities by Kyivstar, 1,099 localities by Vodafone Ukraine and 185 localities by lifecell. The lifecell’s press service told Interfax-Ukraine that they had submitted a list of localities with a population of more than 10,000 people to the regulator, in which at least 90% of the population is covered by 4G communication in the 1800 MHz band.
“In total, 4.5G-communication from lifecell in the 1800 MHz band is available in 5,082 settlements with different levels of population coverage,” the lifecell said, citing data as of January 11, 2019.
In turn, the press service of Kyivstar also reported that they submitted exclusively those settlements in which more than 10,000 people live.
“The company did not include localities in the rural areas and small cities with a population of less than 10,000, as these data were not requested by the regulator. As for the territory of the 4G communication network, Kyivstar now covers 3,619 populated localities,” the country’s largest mobile operator said.
Vodafone Ukraine told Interfax-Ukraine that as of January 17, 2019, 1,124 localities are connected to the 4G network, about 19 million Ukrainians live in them, but the company could not explain why the number of localities submitted to the regulator is different compared with its competitors.
Kyivstar and lifecell suggested that such a difference is due to the fact that only the towns with a population of over 10,000 were submitted, while Vodafone Ukraine presented all of the localities.
According to the regulator, mobile operators have already received more than 35,500 licenses to operate radio electronic equipment: more than 24,500for 3G/UMTS; more than 9,500 for 4G/LTE (the 1800 MHz band) and about 1,500 for 4G/LTE (the 2600 MHz band).
According to the licensing conditions, operators must ensure that 4G services can be received within 12 months for at least 90% of the population of each regional center of Ukraine, and within 42 months for at least 90% of the population of each locality with a population of more than 10,000 people except for regional centers and settlements located in the zone of environmental protection and on the areas annexed by Russia.

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GRAIN ALLIANCE RECEIVES LICENSE TO GROW SEED FLAX

Grain Alliance (Barishevka Grain Company LLC), a large agricultural producer in Ukraine, has received a license for planting seed flax, the company has reported on its website. “This year we received a license to grow seed flax. We are the only one in Ukraine that will do this,” said Oleksiy Kotliar, Director of Chernihiv region LLC (Barishevka Grain Company).
He also pointed out good harvests of flax in the region and added that for the third year the company will sow oil flax.
In addition to conventional crops – wheat, corn, sunflower, soybeans, this year the company plans to sow new varieties imported from Canada – bare-grained oats, simple oats and spring wheat, Kotliar said.
In 2009, the founders of Harvest Moon East LLC (Baryshivka, Kyiv region) and BZK Grain Alliance (Sweden) created a joint company – Grain Alliance.
Grain Alliance cultivates around 50,000 ha of farmland in Kyiv, Cherkasy, Poltava, Khmelnytsky and Chernihiv regions.
The company has five silos in Kyiv and Poltava regions and a seed post-harvesting plant with an annual capacity of 30,000 tonnes.

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