Ukraine - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Ukraine's competitive mobile market is dominated by the three network operators Vodafone Ukraine (formerly MTS Ukraine before being rebranded in late 2015), VimpelCom's Kyivstar and Lifecell, now 100% owned by Turkcell. The mobile subsidiary of the incumbent telco Ukrtelecom has been considered for sale since SCM Group acquired Ukrtelecom in 2013: in January 2016 Vodafone Ukraine made a bid for the operator.
Together, these players have held back the development of the MVNO sector by promoting their own low-cost subsidiaries. As a result the MVNO market remains underdeveloped, and few operators have been licensed thus far. Nevertheless a gap in the low-cost sector may provide the opportunity for MVNOs to thrive in coming years. Competition resulting from mobile number portability has also been stymied by the regulator having delayed its introduction.
Mobile broadband services present a significant growth opportunity, given the saturated voice market. Significant investment is being made in extending LTE infrastructure to support customer demand for mobile data and broadband services. A continuing difficulty for MNOs remains the conflict with Russia, which has resulted in operators being forced out of Crimea and having to write-down the value of assets in disputed regions in the eastern provinces of the country. Anti-Russian sentiment forms the backdrop for MTS Ukraine's decision to rebrand.
This report presents a concise overview and analysis of Ukraine's mobile market, offering a range of statistics as well as profiles of the key players and an assessment of mobile technology deployments.
Astelit is rebranded as lifecell; NCCIR prepares to auction spectrum in the 2.3GHz-2.4GHz and 2.5GHz-2.7GHz bands for LTE; local court orders the regulator to extend LTE licenses held by MMDS Ukraine; Vodafone Ukraine makes bid for Ukrtelecom's mobile unit TriMob; regulator extends Kyivstar's GSM 900MHz licence, auctions 2.1GHz spectrum, agrees on specifications for converting spectrum from military to civilian use; MNOs vacate Crimea; MNP operator under scrutiny by the Antimonopoly Committee; Kyivstar sells redundant Beeline mobile infrastructure, closes the Beeline and Djuice brands; ITC/Velton Telecom closes down mobile service; lifecell awarded 800MHz licenses in all 27 regions; CDMA refarming leads to MNOs sharing infrastructure; additional MVNOs secure licenses; report update includes the regulator market data, State Statistics data to January 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Kyivstar, Ukrainian Radio Systems, lifecell (Astelit), Vodafone Ukraine (MTS Ukraine), Ukrtelecom, Beeline (Kyivstar).
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