Kyivstar and Vodafone Ukraine have signed a Memorandum of Intent on the joint use of passive and active infrastructure of their mobile networks – including the sharing of communication channels, base stations and other equipment, with the aim of accelerating 4G LTE coverage expansion across rural areas and on roads whilst saving costs and avoiding duplication. The operators plan to start the practical implementation of the Memorandum in November-December 2020 after approval of the project by government agencies.
Vodafone Ukraine CEO Olga Ustinova highlighted that the network sharing pact will accelerate compliance with the cellcos’ commitment to bring high speed internet coverage to all settlements nationwide with 2,000-plus inhabitants and major roads, as per the conditions of their LTE-900 licensing which took effect at the start of July. Oleksandr Komarov, President of Kyivstar, stressed that the Memorandum remains open to other mobile operators – potentially Lifecell and Intertelecom – to join.
Previous examples of mobile network sharing in Ukraine include the joint usage of 2G/4G infrastructure to cover the Kiev and Kharkiv metro train networks.