Ukrainian Mobile Communications (UMC) has bought a CDMA 450MHz voice telephony licence for UAH9 million (USD1.87 million), local business daily Vedomosti reported. Ukraine’s second largest cellco paid UAH94 million for a CDMA-450 concession for data-only services in July, when it announced plans to provide wireless internet access and data transfer services to cities with over a million inhabitants, including Kiev, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Odessa and Kharkiv. In the first rollout phase, UMC plans to install 70 CDMA base stations. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database notes that UMC made the decision to shut down its outdated NMT 450MHz network on 31 August 2006, hoping to migrate all remaining cellular users to its GSM-900/1800 platform.
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