Ukraine’s Broadcasting, Radiocommunications & Television Concern (BRT) plans to become a digital TV operator.

According to Mediasat and Unian, it has applied to the National Council (Rada) for a licence and will be ready to construct digital broadcasting networks as soon as it receives one.

They add that the regulator is expected to issue licences this autumn, with BRT set to become an operator or service provider of a multichannel digital network.

Ukraine’s transition to digital broadcasting has been plagued with difficulties and in January BRT called for its postponement.

This is something that the regulator subsequently did in early June.

BRT is a state-owned operator of TV and radio broadcasting, radio and satellite communications.

It lists the National Television Company of Ukraine, National Radio Company of Ukraine (NRCU), regional state and local broadcasters, independent commercial broadcasters and telco operators among its customers.