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Talking underground

01 Mar 2004

KYIV metro passengers will be able to use mobile telephones at 38 below-ground stations following an agreement for the deployment of GSM-over-IP equipment.

Proximus LLC has signed a contract with Kyiv Metro to lease the communications infrastructure and space to install the equipment, which will be subleased to mobile network operators including UMC, the largest GSM operator in Ukraine. British firm Ip.access is to supply nanoBTS compact base stations, which will be linked to the above-ground mobile network by optic fibre.

According to Proximus Director Yuri Nebosenko, 'the metro has been a communications black spot for too long, and nowadays commuters are demanding coverage wherever they are.' The agreement 'enables us to provide this extended coverage without disruption and high prices'.

Ip.access Ltd, UK

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