3G tender results

3G Spectrum Licenses Tender is over. All GSM providers got IMT-2000 UMTS frequencies.

Start prices (millions of UAH) was:

lot 1 lot 2 lot 3
Astelit 2702,5 2702,5 2702,5
Kyivstar 2705,0 2710,0 2700,0
MTS 2708,0 2715,0 2705,0

final prices (millions of UAH):

Astelit 3355,4
Kyivstar 2705,0 2710,0 2700,0
MTS 3220,0 2715,0

Now licensed 3G bands looks like:

Company Astelit 3Mob MTS Kyivstar
RF band 1920-1935
2110-2125
1935–1950
2125–2140
1950-1965
2140-2155
1965-1980
2155-2170

UAH/USD official exchange rate 28.29 (real about 31.50)

 

Intertelecom Rev.A (CDMA) with Sierra Wireless AirCard 802S hotspot

Usage of modern smartphones (i.e. iPhone 5) with GPRS/EDGE technology in year 2013 is that kind of sophisticated torture. EDGE is in use by Kyivstar from 24.10.2005. There is still no 3G or 4G frequencies licensed to major Ukrainian GSM operators (Kyivstar, MTS, Life). So to keep Kyivstar number and get fast internet outdoor some external solution needed. One of those solutions is CDMA 3G Wi-Fi hotspot. Those devices could be connected to Intertelecom, PeopleNet, CDMA Ukraine. For EVDO Rev.A it is theoretically DL:3.1/UP:1.8 Mbit/s. A lot of CDMA operator dealers in Ukraine selling Sprint OverdrivePro 3G/4G mobile hotspot (assuming that device was previously locked for Sprint network).

Power on, connect to 3G takes about 40-60 second.

Sierra_Wireless_AirCard_802S

    CDMA 850/1900 MHz (EV-DO Rev.A); WiMax
    Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz, 8 clients max)
    MicroSD (FAT/FAT32 Only, SMB shared),
    GPS, Color LCD 1.7″ (160×128 pixel)

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