lifecell announces results of deploying 3G+ in 2016
According to the development plans of the third generation in Ukraine and the strategy of the smart cover, the operator lifecell continued rapid deployment of its 3G+ network in the current year. To date, the company has expanded its geographic 3G coverage, which is the largest on the territory of Ukraine, 5 times increasing it compared to the beginning of 2016.
As of mid-December, the penetration of smartphones has reached the highest figure of 58.8 per cent in the high-speed 3G+ network, which is available in more than 5,000 cities and settlements, and lifecell has become a leader in 3G geographical coverage in Ukraine (16.3% of the territory). The number of cities and towns where 3G services the network provides only lifecell is 2304. The operator continues to improve and strengthen its presence in all cities and settlements of Ukraine, including Donetsk and Luhansk regions under the Ukrainian jurisdiction.
According to statistics from the UCRF in 2016 lifecell has received 41% of the total number of permits issued, and UMTS, which ensures the dynamic growth of 3G+ coverage, and provides the opportunity for more and more subscribers to enjoy all the benefits of high speed mobile Internet.
To date, the radio network lifecell 80% upgraded and ready to launch technology of the next generations. Besides lifecell’s network already handles 4.5 G users roaming from 31 operator in 23 countries, also this year, the operator conducted a test 4,5 G, setting a world record peak download speeds of 1.5 Gbit/s, which is comparable with the speed of the networks of the fifth generation.
In their plans for 2017 lifecell is focused on removing administrative and legal barriers to the introduction of number portability (MNP) between mobile operators and further reducing the cost of interconnect. In the first case, due to the cost and size of the proposed servants, as well as the quality and area of 3G coverage, the operator plans to expand its subscriber base. The reduction of interconnect rates for the settlements of mobile operators have already resulted lifecell to launch new tariff plan “3G+Freedom”, which in case of prepayment from 60 UAH offers 750 minutes of calls to all numbers in Ukraine. Read more about services, visit the official website of the operator.