Ukraine’s Intellecom has revealed that its consumer WiMAX broadband internet service, ‘Giraffe’, reached coverage of six of the country’s largest cities at the end of 2011. The ISP told TeleGeography that its WiMAX services are now available in the capital Kiev, as well as Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporozhye in the east, and Odessa in southern Ukraine. Services are mainly aimed at residential subscribers, while a marketing representative said that the rollout of Giraffe’s coverage is still in progress, with more cities to be added to the footprint in the first quarter of 2012 as part of nationwide rollout plan. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Intellecom (standing for ‘Intellectual communications’) launched its WiMAX wireless broadband services in Kiev in May 2010, operating an 802.16e-based network in the 2.3GHz-2.4GHz frequency spectrum under a national licence issued in April 2009. It subsequently extended coverage to the entire capital while expanding to Kharkiv the following month. In September 2010 Intellecom signed an equipment contract with Samsung under a plan to expand Giraffe WiMAX nationwide by 2013. Intellecom is controlled by VTEL Holdings Limited, which is registered in the United Arab Emirates and operates in the CIS, African, and South American markets.
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