Kyivstar, Ukraine’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has awarded a five-year contract to Nokia Networks for modernising and expanding its 2G/3G radio network based on the compact Nokia Single RAN Advanced solution, which is also aimed at increasing readiness for future 4G LTE services. Having acquired its 3G UMTS licence in February this year, Kyivstar launched commercial W-CDMA/HSPA+ services in June and is rapidly expanding the network. The new equipment from Nokia, including macro and small cell radio technologies, is aimed at creating a more efficient network and higher quality end-user services.
Kyivstar has also announced that, having switched on commercial 3G services in an additional six regional centres and their suburbs last week, it now has UMTS coverage in ten of Ukraine’s 25 regions and over 200 cities/towns/population centres. Regions with a Kyivstar commercial 3G presence are now listed on the firm’s website as: Kiev, Lviv, Odessa, Cherkasy, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky, Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava, Rivne and Ternopil. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, under a Presidential Decree, the Ukrainian authorities are preparing a plan to ensure the commercial implementation of 4G LTE services in 2017.