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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Terms May Be Set for GSM Bids

A government regulator said Wednesday that it may announce new terms and timing for auctions of mobile phone licenses this week following court and anti-monopoly disputes over previous sales.

The Federal Service for Mass Media, Telecommunications and the Protection of Cultural Heritage is working on the documents for eight new auctions of licenses for services based on the global system for mobile communications, spokesman Yevgeny Strelchik said.

The service has canceled auctions that were scheduled to run from August to October. VimpelCom, the country's second-largest wireless company, has turned to the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service and filed a court suit disputing results of previous auctions for licenses in the Far East and Siberia.

"This is about changing the timing of the auctions," Strelchik said, adding that conditions of the auctions will be reviewed following complaints by the antitrust regulator.

The anti-monopoly agency said Aug. 13 it would dispute in court the results of the auctions organized by the Federal Communications Agency, arguing it violated the competition law by favoring some companies against others.