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Ukraine - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Ukraine - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Poor economic growth undermining telecom investments

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 Russian-dominated Crimea were vandalised in early 2014, leading to network disruption.

The sizeable broadband market enjoys effective cross-platform competition. DSL remains the dominant access platform, though cable is also widely available and there has been considerable investment in FttP and FttB in recent years. LAN and wireless platforms such as WiFi and WiMAX exist on a smaller scale. Digital TV is accessible from the cable and satellite platforms, while DTTV has progressed, though not without controversy in the selection of broadcasters.

Ukraine’s mobile market is dominated by three network operators. Together, these retarded 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 as a result is in its infancy, and few have been licensed thus far. Yet a gap in the low-cost sector may provide the opportunity for MVNOs to thrive in coming years. Greater competition is also anticipated following the mid-2014 introduction of mobile number portability.

Mobile broadband services present the next growth opportunity, given the saturated voice market, though insufficient investment has been made thus far in 4G technologies. Into this market opportunity has stepped Ukraine’s CDMA operators, which initially offered fixed-line services but have since moved into the mobile market, launching mobile broadband services.

This report provides a concise overview of Ukraine’s telecom market, including profiles of the major operators, a review of telecom network infrastructure and emerging network developments. It also offers assesses the broadband and digital media sectors, covering major players, market developments and providing a wide range of statistics. In addition, it examines developments in the mobile market, profiling the key players, technologies and industry developments.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2013
    • Table Mobile statistics -2014 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF UKRAINE'S POLITICAL CRISIS
    • OVERVIEW OF UKRAINE'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Telecom revenue by sector - 2006 - 2013
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • LAW OF UKRAINE ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • National Commission for Communications Regulation (NCCR)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN UKRAINE
      • Privatisation
      • Interconnection
      • Carrier selection and carrier preselection
      • Number Portability (NP)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF OPERATORS
    • UKRTELECOM
      • Table Ukrtelecom financial data - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Ukrtelecom broadband and fixed-line subscribers - 2012 - 2013
    • DATAGROUP
      • Table Datagroup subscribers by type - 2010 - 2012
      • Table Datagroup financial data - 2010 - 2012
    • EUROTRANSTELECOM
    • KYIVSTAR (VIMPELCOM)
      • Table VimpelCom (Ukraine) financial data - 2007 - 2013
      • Table VimpelCom (Ukraine) financial data by sector - 2007 - 2013
      • Table VimpelCom (Ukraine) subscribers by sector- 2007 - 2013
    • VEGA
    • WIRELESS LOCAL LOOP (WLL) OPERATORS
      • Velton Telecom
      • Intertelecom
        • Table Intertelecom subscribers - 2005; 2007 - 2009; 2011 - 2012
      • International Telecommunication Company (ITC)/CDMA Ukraine
      • Telesystems of Ukraine/PEOPLEnet
        • Table PEOPLEnet subscribers - 2007 - 2009
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service 2005 - 2014
      • Ukrtelecom
      • Datagroup
      • Eurotranstelecom
      • Kyivstar
      • Vega
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • TELECOMS AND IT
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Internet access revenue - 2012 - 2013
      • Ukraine's emerging internet economy
      • Fixed broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1999 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
    • ASYMMETRIC DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table Ukrtelecom broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2013
      • Table VimpelCom broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2013
      • Table VimpelCom broadband revenue - 2011 - 2013
      • Table VimpelCom broadband ARPU - 2011 - 2012
    • CABLE MODEMS
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISE (FTTP)
      • Table Kyivstar FttB subscribers - 2010 - 2013
      • Table Kyivstar FttB revenue - 2011 - 2013
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiFi
      • WiMAX
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • OVERVIEW OF BROADCASTING MARKET
      • Table Broadcasting revenue - 2006 - 2013
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
      • Cable TV
        • Table Cable TV revenue - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Cable TV subscribers - 2007 - 2014
      • Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
      • Digital TV
      • Broadband TV (IPTV)
    • E-HEALTH
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF UKRAINE'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Total mobile market revenue - 2006 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • GSM licences awards
      • CDMA licence awards
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile licences
      • Spectrum auctions
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • MTS Ukraine
        • Table MTS subscribers - 2004 - 2013
        • Table MTS revenue - 2004 - 2013
        • Table MTS ARPU - 2004 - 2013
      • Kyivstar (VimpelCom)
        • Table VimpelCom (Ukraine) mobile revenue - 2007 - 2013
        • Table VimpelCom (Ukraine) ARPU - 2007 - 2012
        • Table VimpelCom (Ukraine) subscribers - 2007 - 2012
      • Astelit/Life:)
        • Table Astelit subscribers - 2008 - 2013
        • Table Astelit financial data - 2007 - 2013
      • Ukrtelecom (Utel/TriMob)
        • Table TriMob subscribers - 2010 - 2013
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Table MTS Value Added Service revenue - 2007 - 2013
      • Short Messaging Service (SMS)/Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA)
      • Smartphones
      • Mobile TV
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
  • FORECASTS
    • FORECASTS - FIXED BROADBAND MARKET - 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • Scenario 1 - higher fixed broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - higher growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • Scenario 2 - lower fixed broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast fixed broadband subscribers - lower growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
    • FORECAST - MOBILE BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2015

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