MTS Ukraine is preparing for the introduction of 3G/4G W-CDMA/LTE mobile network services, having announced that it will be technically ready for 3G/4G deployment ‘next April’, while it is increasing the capacity of its existing 2G network by more than 30% via the installation of new equipment across the country, reports local news outlet ProIT. MTS is upgrading radio access network (RAN) systems, voice switching, packet data transport network equipment, power supply systems and air conditioning systems at base station sites, as part of a project to construct a single integrated multi-technology standard platform (using SingleRAN base station technology). The cellco aims to offer integrated 2G, 3G and 4G capability ready for launch ‘as soon as possible’ after obtaining a 3G/4G licence. It aims to complete its network modernisation project by April 2014. The dates for W-CDMA/LTE licence auctions in Ukraine have not yet been confirmed, with Ukrtelecom currently the sole owner of a 2100MHz concession, while a regulatory conversion to technology-neutral licensing for the refarming of existing spectrum is also awaited, TeleGeography notes.
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