Ukrtelecom, the owner of a Ukrainian mobile carrier 3Mob, has decided that it is much easier to turn off its own network than keeping it in working conditions or try to modernize it. The carrier has refused its frequencies, returned them for free to the state and going to become an MVNO.
3Mob's coverage map on December 2019
A subsidiary of Ukrtelecom, formerly known as Utel, 3Mob launched first Ukraine's UMTS network in 2007. Until 2015 3Mob had been the only operator in Ukraine that providing 3G services based on UMTS 2100 standard. Its 3G network coverage exists only in main cities and touristic points and was not expanding and did not develops in the latest years. For spread its services on the widest territory, the carrier offers for its customers to use a network of the roaming partner. As of today, it is the Vodafone Ukraine network. TryMob doesn't provide LTE and has no resources to improve the outdated network, so it looks like a logical decision to collapse that network. The carrier will keep its base stations working only in Kyiv because it needs it to save the cellular operator's license. For the rest of the country services will be provided using the Vodafone Ukraine network.