Following its launch of 4G LTE 1800MHz mobile network services on 1 July, Ukraine’s Kyivstar has reached coverage of 1,770 settlements around the country and a population of over 13 million, it reported on its website. On 30 July it connected the latest batch of 183 settlements in eight regions to LTE-1800, including the cities of Kherson, Nikolaev, Ivano-Frankivsk, Zhmerinka, Netyshin, Shepetovka, Yaseni, Slavske and Polyanitsa. 4G expansions in the Chernivtsi, Volyn and Transcarpathian regions are next on its schedule. Kyivstar says that in certain areas its LTE 2600MHz/1800MHz network is capable of maximum theoretical data transfer rates up to 700Mbps. Over 1.5 million customers have used its 4G services so far, its press release added.
Kyivstar’s main rivals Vodafone Ukraine and Lifecell also launched LTE-1800 services on 1 July and have also expanded their networks widely across the country.