Ukraine’s Kyivstar is using 2300MHz TDD frequencies to boost the capacity of its 4G/LTE network in cities where demand is escalating due to increased migration.
TeleGeography reports that Kyivstar has been granted additional LTE-2300 TDD spectrum by the National Commission for Electronic Communications (NCEC) for as long as martial law remains in force nationwide in Ukraine.
Interfax Ukraine reports that Kyivstar is looking to increase the capacity of its mobile network in Ukraine’s western cities as well as border areas that have seen an influx of Ukrainians from other regions escaping the war. Kyivstar’s data indicates that over four million of its subscribers have migrated westward since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February.
Kyivstar’s president Oleksandr Komarov said: “Currently, we have turned on the first two out of three LTE-2300 TDD base stations in Ternopil. But we want to develop the new technology throughout Ukraine and plan to install 100 such base stations by the end of this year.”
The operator believes that under optimal conditions, it would be able to achieve a peak mobile data rate of 600Mbps using 40MHz TDD bandwidth for LTE-2300.