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KIEV, Ukraine -- Nearly 44 percent of Ukrainians use mobile telephones, a Russian news agency reported Thursday.

According to a study by the Ukraine's largest mobile companies, 20.5 million out of 48 million people use mobile phones, the Interfax news agency said.

Ukrainian Mobile Communications and Kyivstar GSM said they have 10.14 million and 9.85 million subscribers respectively, Interfax reported. Golden Telecom Ltd., Digital Cellular Communications of Ukraine and Astelit Ltd. are competing for the rest of the market.

Both Ukrainian Mobile Communications, which is entirely owned by Russia's Mobile TeleSystems, and Kyivstar, which is controlled by Norway's Telenor and Russia's Alfa Group, have nationwide coverage.

The Ukraine's surge mobile phone usage has been attributed to cheap subscription packages and overburdened land lines that are frequently clogged.

Ukrainian authorities have announced recently they were ready to privatize nation's largest telecommunications company Ukrtelekom.

By comparison, upwards of 70 percent of people in Russia use mobile phones, analysts say.

Source: AP

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Shane said…
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