Alcatel-Lucent and Kvazar-Micro are jointly deploying a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A 450MHz wireless network for Ukraine’s second largest GSM operator Ukrainian Mobile Communications (UMC), after winning contracts in a tender launched last October. The new network will enable UMC to introduce 3G mobile data services in major cities across Ukraine, where state-owned incumbent Ukrtelecom is the only holder of a W-CDMA 3G licence. Alcatel-Lucent is providing its CDMA Modular Cell 4.0 Compact base stations, designed for the 450MHz spectrum band, and CDMA2000 1xEV-DO radio network controllers. The Alcatel-Lucent 7450 Ethernet service switch (ESS) will also be deployed as a multi-layer switch. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide network design, planning, deployment, operation, maintenance and personnel training services, while Kvazar-Micro will be responsible for overall network integration.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database UMC paid UAH94 million (USD19 million) for a CDMA-450 data services licence in July 2006, before adding a voice concession for an additional UAH9 million two months later. It is planning a first phase rollout of 70 CDMA base stations in cities including Kiev, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Odessa and Kharkiv. It has also announced plans to launch a fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) service, targeting business users and enabling fixed line and mobile calls on a single handset. The initial FMC rollout is due to begin in Kiev before proceeding to all regional centres. To free up the 450MHz band, UMC (which is currently undergoing a rebranding under the name of its Russian parent, MTS) made the decision to shut down NMT-450 services in late August 2006, and finally ceased analogue operations at the beginning of October.