Ukraine's competitive mobile market is dominated by the three network operators MTS Ukraine, VimpelCom's Kyivstar and Astelit, while the incumbent Ukrtelecom's subsidiary, trading as TriMob, trails as a fourth player. Together, these have held back the development of the MVNO sector by promoting their own low-cost subsidiaries, though recently they have adopted a business model which has these subsidiaries brought under a single brand, and with less focus on market segmentation. The MVNO market is still in its infancy, and few have been licensed thus far, but 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, with greater investment being made in LTE and WiMAX technologies. Ukraine's CDMA operators have stepped into this market: having initially offered fixed-line services they have since moved into the mobile segment, launching mobile broadband services. A continuing difficulty for MNOs remains the conflict with Russia, which has resulted in operators being forced out of Crimea and having also to write-down the value of assets in disputed regions in the eastern provinces of Ukraine. This report presents a concise overview of Ukraine's mobile market, offering a variety of statistics, profiles of key players, mobile technologies used, industry developments and industry analysis.
Regulator extends Kyivstar's GSM 900 licence, auctions 2.1GHz spectrum, agrees on specifications for converting spectrum from military to civilian use; MTS Ukraine sells fixed line business to concentrate on mobile voice and data services; Intertelecom stops trading in Crimea, operations taken over by a newly set-up Russian company; MNP launch postponed again; TriMob sale back on the cards; Kyivstar sells redundant Beeline mobile infrastructure, closes the Beeline and Djuice brands; ITC/Velton Telecom closes down mobile service; Astelit awarded 800MHz licenses in all 27 regions; CDMA refarming leads to MNO moves to share infrastructure; more operators apply for CDMA-450 licenses; new MVNOs secure licenses; regulator market data updates; State Statistics data; telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Kyivstar, Ukrainian Radio Systems, Astelit, MTS Ukraine, Ukrtelecom, Beeline (Kyivstar).