Kyivstar, the largest mobile operator in Ukraine, plans to install 600 new base stations in 2018, company president Peter Chernyshov has told Interfax-Ukraine.
“In 2017 the company began installing additional equipment for 4G communications at the existing base stations. In 2018 Kyivstar plans to install another 600 new base stations. We will build a network that will allow the company to remain a leader in the quality of communications and services,” he said.
Chernyshov said that, taking into account the development strategy adopted by the operator, the company plans to connect more than 500 previously installed base stations operating in the 2600 MHz band this year.
According to him, in particular, it is planned to develop the new mobile communications technology (4G, LTE) in this range in megacities and large cities such as Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Odesa, and Lviv. He noted that Khmelnytsky is also in the list, as in the city Kyivstar occupies almost 80% of the market. In addition, this equipment has already been installed at border crossing points, in places of summer rest, such as, for example, Zatoka (Odesa region).
Chernyshov said base stations for the 2600 MHz band are needed for the operator to enhance the work of 4G in the 1800 MHz band.