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Lifecell to Provide the Best LTE Experience in Ukraine – Business Wire (press release)

Lifecell to Provide the Best LTE Experience in Ukraine – Business Wire (press release)

KIEV, Ukraine–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Turkcell’s (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL) subsidiary lifecell obtained the
largest spectrum per subscriber in a recent license tender. lifecell
will ensure high-quality and affordable connections for 4.5G subscribers
throughout Ukraine.

Ukrainian Regulator NCCIR (National Commission for the State Regulation
of Communications and Informatization) completed a tender on licenses
for LTE services in the 1,800 MHz spectrum band. Petro Poroshenko, the
President of Ukraine, also granted licenses for the 2,600 MHz band. The
winning operators will be able to use the bands in all regions of
Ukraine over the next 15 years. The initial price for all frequencies in
the 1,800 MHz band was UAH 3.975 billion, and the final price reached
UAH 5.434 billion. Together with the 2600 MHz frequency tender, the
total cost for the 4G licenses was UAH 7.89 billion.

In the realm of 4G tenders, lifecell has acquired 2*30 MHz in the 2,600
MHz and 2*30 MHz in 1,800 MHz frequency ranges for the development of a
4.5G-network. According to the results of the open bidding on the two
tenders, lifecell obtained the largest spectrum per subscriber and will
ensure high-quality and affordable connections for the fourth generation
LTE subscribers throughout Ukraine. lifecell also ensures the best price
per spectrum, which will allow operators to spend more money for the
4.5G network rollout. The company will pay nearly UAH 1.7 billion to the
Ukrainian government for both licenses.

Ismet Yazici, CEO lifecell commented: “We are pleased to report that
both tenders were conducted in an open and transparent manner by means
of bidding “From the Vote” and the Regulator did their best to prepare
and perform these significant and long-awaited events properly.”

For lifecell subscribers, this means higher data speeds, experiencing
the best digital and financial services, watching HD videos without
delay, playing online games of any level of complexity, and for business
users – the ability to hold conferences online from anywhere without
being tied to the wired Internet.

New features of the 4.5G network from lifecell will be available thanks
to the unique technical capabilities of the operator:

  • The lifecell network is based on the latest technical solutions of
    the world’s leading manufacturers of telecommunication equipment;
  • The latest software that supports the lifecell network meets the
    standard LTE Advanced PRO (3GPP Release 13);
  • The network uses multiple-output 4×4 MIMO technology that can
    provide the best capacity, speed, and coverage.

As of today, lifecell has the largest 3G+ coverage in Ukraine with the
highest penetration of smartphones on the network (68%), as well as a
number of uniquely innovative digital products, tariffs, and services
(messenger BiP, music application fizy, cloud storage lifebox, etc.).

With the launch of the 4.5G era and by understanding the needs of the
modern consumer in times of rapid technology development, lifecell will
continue to lead in providing mobile broadband Internet access and in
offering the best 3G+ and 4.5G services to subscribers. The company will
also focus on developing modern digital solutions to be made available
for as many Ukrainians as possible.

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About lifecell: lifecell is Ukrainian digital operator
providing true freedom of communication, primarily through high-speed
mobile Internet. With the help of the available 3G+ internet, lifecell
offers advanced mobile communications abilities for all users,
regardless of age or knowledge of technology. 100% of the shares are
owned by the operator Turkcell – Turkish supplier of converged
telecommunications and technology services. At the end of 2017, the
3-month active subscriber lifecell base is 8 million users. As a digital
operator and market leader in smartphone penetration, lifecell offers
tariffs, digital services and products most convenient and profitable
for users of “smart” devices.

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