MTS Ukraine has launched 3G W-CDMA/DC-HSPA+ mobile services across the southern city of Odessa and its surrounds, offering mobile data speeds up to a theoretical maximum 42Mbps, the Russian-backed cellco announced on its website. MTS users in the region are being offered the opportunity to test the 3G network ahead of an official commercial launch, with a one-off 4GB mobile data allowance available free-of-charge between 22 September and 1 October. MTS is gradually building up to a full-blown national UMTS launch, having won its 2100MHz licence in February and thus far deploying high speed network coverage in indoor zones of Kiev and other cities plus other locations including several airports, whilst rivals Astelit and Kyivstar launched commercial W-CDMA networks in May and June respectively. MTS’ press release added that in order to provide reliable coverage for 3G users, it has increased the number of base stations in Odessa by 1.5 times.
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