Russian newspaper Kommersant reported yesterday that GSM operator Ukrainian Radio Systems (Beeline) has negotiated an agreement to give its users domestic 3G roaming access over the recently launched W-CDMA network of Ukrtelecom, which offers services under the Utel brand. The announcement, attributed to Beeline’s Russian parent Vimpelcom’s spokesman Yaroslav Dolgov, follows a previous deal reported in CommsUpdate on 7 November, which gives Utel 3G users roaming access to Beeline’s 900MHz/1800MHz network, covering 88% of Ukraine’s population. Since its commercial relaunch into the mobile market, reported in CommsUpdate in early November, Ukrtelecom has UMTS coverage of the country’s six largest cities, Kiev, Kharkiv, Dnepropetrovsk, Donetsk, Odessa and Lviv, and its rollout partner Nokia Siemens Networks has supplied HSDPA technology enabling maximum theoretical data download speeds of 3.6Mbps.
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