Ukrainian fixed line and broadband operator Ukrtelecom has signed a three-year frame agreement for the supply of 3G core and radio network equipment with Finnish technology provider Nokia, in preparation for its planned launch in the mobile sector next year. Nokia will support Ukrtelecom’s Utel division in rolling out Ukraine’s first W-CDMA network, set to be launched initially in the capital, Kiev, before being expanded to other areas. Under the frame contract Nokia will be the sole supplier of Utel’s core and radio network in the Kiev area. The deal includes Nokia’s 3G radio solutions, such as the modular, high capacity Nokia Flexi W-CDMA base station, and 3.5G High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) software. The network will be supported by the multi-vendor, multi-technology Nokia NetAct network and service management system. Nokia will also integrate value added services platforms and a billing solution in the network, and provide network planning, implementation and training services. Stanislav Gursky, Director of Utel, said of the agreement: ‘We are proud to be the first to launch a W-CDMA 3G/HSDPA network in Ukraine. Our new services will be launched first in the capital city, which means that they will be serving Ukrainian citizens, business life, as well as foreign visitors…Our cooperation with Nokia enables us to enhance our business, and their innovative solutions will help us provide a wide range of new end-user services with top performance.’
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