The Ukrainian mobile service provider lifecell has started to provide 4G (LTE) communication services in 22 regional centers across the nation, as well as Kramatorsk and Severodonetsk. At the same time, 3G+ and 4.5G traffic will be charged the same way, the carrier said on Friday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“In one-third of the cities, particularly in Mykolaiv, Chernihiv, Zhytomyr, Rivne, Cherkasy, Vinnytsya, Severodonetsk and Kramatorsk, lifecell is the only carrier that provides 4G communication services,” the company said in a press release.
According to lifecell, 49% of smartphones in the lifecell network support the LTE technology. 4G mobile services will be provided using the LTE Advanced Pro (4.5G) technology, which offers up to five times faster download speed, up to 10 times faster upload speed, as well as the instant reaction of websites and applications, compared to the 3G technology.
In order to use the next generation connection, a subscriber is required to have a SIM card with support for the 4G/LTE standard (USIM-card) and a smartphone supporting at least 4G/LTE.
“The USIM card not only supports the 4G (LTE) standard, but it also has other advantages: higher security and extra options. The main difference is the larger memory, and the USIM address book can store up to 500 contacts with extended data: several contact phone numbers and an e-mail address,” the press service of the operator wrote.
The carrier also pointed out that the company does not intend to introduce a separate tariff for 4G traffic.
“3G+ and 4.5G traffic will be charged the same way. Subscribers shall be free to choose which technology to use,” the press release reads.
The second wave of 4.5G deployments from lifecell in the 1800 MHz band is expected in July 2018.