Ukrtelecom signs broadband extension contract with Iskratel

Ukrainian telco Ukrtelecom has signed an agreement with Slovenian firm Iskratel to extend its ADSL2+ broadband access network in 25 towns across Ukraine.

The first phase of the contract involves the supply of equipment and the integration of 100,000 ports within two months in order to extend the telco's multi-service access network, commencing immediately. A centralised cluster management system is to be used in 650 sites across the country in order to manage the SI3000 MSAN-based broadband access network, covering over 300,000 ports.

In March 2009 Ukrtelecom commercially launched its IPTV service 'U.TV' in Kiev, Vinnytsia and Zaporizhia. The service carries 26 channels, but it is expected to eventually have 100 and offer video-on-demand. The telco reportedly expects the service to achieve household penetration of 10% within "several years". Ukrtelecom claims that its digital receivers are HD-compatible, although no HD launch announcement has yet been made.