China’s ZTE Corporation has announced that its home gateway customer premises equipment (CPE) products will be widely deployed in Ukraine under a new deal with Ukrtelecom to support broadband and IPTV services. Ukrtelecom has a network capacity of one million ADSL lines, and began a project to deploy FTTx infrastructure in 2009, with the aim of offering triple-play voice, video and broadband internet services across the country, whilst also rolling out the country’s only 3G W-CDMA/HSPA cellular network. To support the triple-play strategy, the Ukrainian firm has sourced ZTE’s H108L multiple-terminal access home gateway solution supporting streaming-oriented customisation and optimisation. According to a press release, this solution offers an advanced user experience for services such as IPTV.
Elsewhere, Ukraine’s State Property Fund (SPF) has confirmed that Ukrtelecom’s new owner, Austrian investment fund Epic, has paid the final instalment of the UAH10.575 billion (USD1.3 billion) asking price for its 92.79% stake in the previously state-run telco. Although the fixed line, broadband and mobile operator is now privatised, a condition of the purchase means that Epic must seek approval from the SPF for any future sale of the company.