Ukraine’s largest cellco Kyivstar has disclosed that it has made tender guarantees for its participation in the country’s upcoming auction for licences in the UMTS (3G) 2100MHz band, while commencing tests of 3G equipment in anticipation of winning an operating concession when the tender results are revealed on 16 February. A release on its website read: ‘The company has made tender guarantees in the amount of 10% of the starting price of each lot for taking part in the tender for 3G frequencies,’ while adding: ‘We are fully prepared for the most rapid introduction of 3G – technologically, organisationally and financially.’ Kyivstar is bidding alongside MTS Ukraine and Astelit for three 3G licences of 2×15MHz nationwide bandwidth each, with individual starting prices of UAH2.7 billion (USD105 million). Another release on its website reveals that Kyivstar has begun 3G base station tests in partnership with Swedish technology giant Ericsson at the cellco’s headquarters in Kiev under a permit from the Ukrainian State Centre of Radio Frequencies (UCRF), in which it claims to have achieved a ‘sustained’ 4Mbps-plus data speed.
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