Finnish equipment provider Nokia has extended a turnkey contract with Ukrainian mobile operator Astelit to expand and upgrade its GSM network in eastern and western Ukraine. Under the new USD75 million agreement Nokia will deploy GSM/EDGE radio network equipment, including base stations, BTS controllers and transmission equipment for Astelit’s Life:) network. The full turnkey services for new sites include project management, network planning, site acquisition, civil works and implementation. Additionally, Nokia will provide network optimisation, consultancy and maintenance services to support fast network rollout. Delivery of the new systems has already started.
According to Advanced Communications & Media (AC&M), Ukraine’s total mobile subscriber base (based on valid SIM cards) rose to 31.994 million at the end of February, up from 31.42 million users a month earlier, representing a cellular penetration of 67.2%. Kyivstar accounted for 45.3% of the total subscriber base at end-February, UMC served 44.3% of users and DCC / Astelit and URS (WellCOM) accounted for 9% and 0.9% respectively. Kyivstar and UMC accounted for 35.2% and 37.6% of the increase in the country’s total subscriber base in February, Astelit accounted for 26.3% and WellCOM for 0.9%.