Ukraine’s largest cellular operator by subscribers Kyivstar has awarded a contract to long-time IT partner S&T Ukraine for the design and implementation of a mobile WiMAX network based on equipment manufactured and supplied by Alvarion. DMEurope reports that the new wireless broadband network is based on the 802.16e-2005 (mobile-ready) WiMAX standard, using Alvarion’s BreezeMAX Extreme 5000 access system. The wireless access network will enable Kyivstar to provide data transfer and internet services in places with no wired infrastructure at speeds of up to 10Mbps, whilst ensuring consistency of service in non-line-of-sight conditions. In the initial stage of the project, S&T Ukraine has successfully delivered, implemented and set up equipment, completed the high level design and trained the mobile operator’s employees in system usage. WiMAX base stations have been deployed in seven of Ukraine’s largest cities and a central network node with back-up facilities has been implemented. Kyivstar will continue to roll out WiMAX coverage in other smaller cities.