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Insights May 2022

5G auctions

As the process of 5G coverage expansion continues, we bring you a short status update on 5G auctions and 5G rollout in the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions. Kazakhstan Frequency already allocated: 3.5 GHz. Announced / expected 5G auctions: Three lots each for 100 MHz around 3.5 GHz will be sold at auctions that are planned for the end of May 2022. One lot per city—Almaty, Nur-Sultan and Shymkent—will be offered. Stage of 5G auctions and auction method: The relevant law and regulations for holding auctions have been adopted. Auctions will be held in two stages. At the first stage the bidders' compliance with qualification requirements

News April 2022

Kinstellar expands its Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) service line in the Czech Republic

Kinstellar is pleased to announce that Petr Bratský has joined the firm’s Prague office as Head of the local TMT sector and service line. His addition to the firm strengthens our expertise in the TMT area. Petr is an expert in IP/IT/Media and Telecommunications. Before joining Kinstellar, Petr worked more than five years at the leading Czech law firm Havel & Partners. In his practice, he focuses primarily on technology, intellectual property, media and film law and legislative advice. Petr also provides strategic and ad hoc compliance advice on the handling of personal data in various commercial sectors. His expertise includes advising major local and international clients from across different industries

Insights February 2022

New telecommunications regulator to be established in Ukraine

On 13 February 2022, the Law of Ukraine № 6055—which envisages the establishment of a new telecommunications regulator, the National Commission for State Regulation of Electronic Communications, Radio Spectrum and Postal Services—came into force. In an article published in issue № 1-2 of "The Ukrainian Journal of Business Law" (January - February 2022), Natalia Kirichenko, Counsel and Head of firm-wide Intellectual Property & Technology services, explains the reason for the new law and the main amendments that are now in place. Please click on the image below to open the commentary. For more information, please contact Natalia Kirichenko, Counsel and Head of firm-wide IP & T

News December 2021

Kinstellar appoints new Heads of Data & Cybersecurity, IP&T and Telecoms service lines

Kinstellar is delighted to announce the new Service Heads leading our TMT-related service lines: Lukáš Mrázik, Dániel Endre Nagy and Peter Kováč for Data & Cybersecurity; Natalia Kirichenko for IP&T; Anastasiya Bolkhovitinova and Radoslav Chemshirov for Telecommunications. In their new roles as Service Heads they will work with the firm-wide TMT sector team and other sectors to expand and bring a new dimension to our current capabilities across these areas. They will be the first points of contact for incoming client requests and will engage the right lawyers from our team best suited to work on transactions for our clients. Viliam Myšička, head of Kinstellar’s

Insights November 2021

Overview of 5G auctions in Kinstellar jurisdictions

The introduction of 5G networks has opened a wide range of new possibilities in a variety of sectors (including manufacturing, health, energy, automotive, media and entertainment). 5G implementation remains a hot topic. Please click here for an updated overview of 5G auctions in Kinstellar jurisdictions. Most notably, the following changes have occurred throughout 2021: Romania: The regulator ANCOM has initiated the procedure to award 5G frequencies with initial bids to be submitted by Monday 15 November 2021; Bulgaria: In April 2021, 5G frequencies in 3.5-3.8 GHz band were auctioned off; 5G auctions in Serbia, Ukraine and Turkey are expected to be held in the course of 2022; Commercial

Deals October 2021

Kinstellar advises GIC on the acquisition of CETIN Group in CEE

 Kinstellar has successfully advised GIC, a global investment company founded in 1981 in Singapore, on the acquisition of a 30% stake in CETIN Group. PPF continues to retain a 70% majority in the CETIN Group—a provider of telecommunications infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe. Kinstellar advised in all countries of the CETIN Group's activity—the Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria and Serbia—on due diligence, transaction and regulatory issues. The completion of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approval. The parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction’s financial details. The Kinstellar team was led by Partner Kamil Blažek, working with Michal Kníž (Managing