Today, on August 6, 2020, the mobile operator lifecell signed a memorandum on the joint use of telecommunications infrastructure with the mobile operators Kyivstar and Vodafone Ukraine to accelerate the deployment of 4G networks in rural areas and on highways and proposed to share the network in all settlements, where needed.
Thus, lifecell joined the memorandum of intent signed earlier by mobile operators to share the passive and active infrastructure of their mobile networks. It talks about the sharing of communication channels, base stations and other equipment.
“We offer mobile operators to expand the action of the already signed Memorandum and apply in all localities where there is a need to develop or improve the quality of mobile communications, and not only in those where less than 2 thousand people live, as indicated now in this document … After all, every Ukrainian has the right to get access to high-quality mobile services regardless of where they live.
Expanded cooperation of operators in settlements that need to improve communication (without reference to the number of residents) will make it possible to get access to 4G services for all, without exception, citizens of Ukraine who live in villages of up to 2 thousand inhabitants and in small towns with a population of 3 -4 thousand people, ”said Ismet Yazici, CEO of lifecell.
Sharing the infrastructure of mobile networks in all settlements, where necessary, can provide citizens with equal opportunities for access to services, information and knowledge that are provided on the basis of modern technologies. Such cooperation will allow operators to quickly deploy 4G coverage throughout Ukraine and ensure the implementation of the Decree of the President of Ukraine “On some measures to improve access to mobile Internet”, according to which they must provide 4G communication in settlements with a number of residents from 2000 people and main roads.
Ukrainian mobile operators have already carried out refarming (exchange) of radio frequencies in the 900 MHz range in the Transcarpathian, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Volyn, Ternopil and Rivne regions. By the end of the year, it will be held in all other regions of Ukraine according to the approved schedule. After refarming, each operator will be able to use continuous radio frequency bands, which will provide subscribers with high-quality 4G services.