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Lifecell scoops up spectrum for 4.5G in Ukraine

Lifecell scoops up spectrum for 4.5G in Ukraine

Turkcell’s Ukraine subsidiary lifecell obtained the largest spectrum per subscriber in a recent licence tender, which will allow it to deliver high-quality and affordable connections for 4.5G subscribers throughout Ukraine.

Ukrainian Regulator NCCIR (National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatisation) completed a tender on licences for LTE services in the 1,800 MHz spectrum band. Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, also granted licences for the 2,600 MHz band. 

The winning operators will be able to use the bands in all regions of Ukraine over the next 15 years. The initial price for all frequencies in the 1,800 MHz band was UAH 3.975 billion, and the final price reached UAH 5.434 billion. Together with the 2600 MHz frequency tender, the total cost for the 4G licences was UAH 7.89 billion.

In the realm of 4G tenders, lifecell has acquired 2*30 MHz in the 2,600 MHz and 2*30 MHz in 1,800 MHz frequency ranges for the development of a 4.5G-network. The company will pay nearly UAH 1.7 billion to the Ukrainian government for both licences.

For lifecell subscribers, this means higher data speeds, experiencing the best digital and financial services, watching HD videos without delay, playing online games of any level of complexity, and for business users – the ability to hold conferences online from anywhere without being tied to the wired Internet.

Lifecell’s network uses multiple-output 4x4 MIMO technology to provide the best capacity, speed, and coverage. It is deployed using software that meets the standard LTE Advanced PRO (3GPP Release 13).

Currently, the operator has the largest 3G+ coverage in Ukraine with the highest penetration of smartphones on the network (68%).

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