Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews - Ukraine
Ukraine's large telecoms market, supported by a population of almost 46 million, is being modernised through considerable investment in both the mobile and fixed-broadband sectors. Competition is improving as alternative operators engage in infrastructure-based competition. Wireless local loop and fibre operators have been most active in this area. Although the incumbent Ukrtelecom remains the dominant player, the regulatory environment is likely to improve further following the sale of Ukrtelecom to the local conglomerate SCM Group. In addition, Ukraine's telecom market has attracted investors from Turkey and Russia. The political tension which erupted in late 2013 has brought focus to the vulnerability of the national telecom network, as parts of the infrastructure in Crimea, annexed by Russia, were vandalised in early 2014, leading to network disruption. This report provides an overview of Ukraine's telecom market, including profiles of the major operators, a review of telecom network infrastructure and emerging network developments.
New cable to Crimean peninsula becomes operational; MTS and Volia end services to Crimea; damage to networks in the Donetsk oblast; DREAM cable linking Ukraine to Germany and China opens for commercial traffic; Ukrtelecom sold to Epic Services Ukraine for UAH10.57 billion; telecom revenue growth slows to 0.4% in 2013; government suspends talks promoting free trade with the EU; legal amendments to Telecoms Law widens regulator's powers; legislation approved to encourage network sharing; number of fixed lines dips below 12 million; regulator finalising number portability conditions; regulator's market data; State Statistics data for 2013; telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2014; market developments into 2014.