Ukrainian GSM mobile operator Astelit has revealed a plan to launch a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev A 3.5G mobile broadband network covering cities nationwide next year, using the 800MHz CDMA licences it was allocated last month, which gave it a 5MHz spectrum allocation in all 27 regions (oblasts) in the country. CEO Oleksandr Barinov told local journalists that Astelit has already launched a tender to select contractors for building the CDMA network, which it intends to use solely for providing services to data modem users, in the same vein as larger GSM rival MTS Ukraine which offers an EV-DO based data-only service on a national basis using CDMA-450 spectrum. As well as providing faster mobile data speeds than its existing GPRS/EDGE network, the new CDMA service will be aimed at taking the strain of high speed data demand from laptop users. As quoted by the Ukrainian News Agency, the CEO explained that ‘there are also users of big screens whom we cannot satisfy in our network. Because if we begin getting focused on them [in the GSM network] quality will deteriorate,’ while he did not elaborate on details of planned coverage or launch dates.
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