Ukraine - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
Ukraine's telecoms market is supported by a population of over 42 million. National telecom infrastructure is being modernised through considerable investment in both the mobile and fixed-broadband sectors. Competition is provided from a number of alternative operators, and although the incumbent Ukrtelecom remains the dominant player in the fixed-line market the regulatory environment has improved following the sale of Ukrtelecom to the local conglomerate SCM Group, though the legality of this sale has been disputed and legal action is ongoing. Ukraine's telecom market has attracted investors from Turkey and Russia, while Vodafone Group has partnered with MTS Ukraine to help develop mobile services under the Vodafone brand.
The political tension which erupted in late 2013, and which escalated in a more violent form in eastern areas of the country, has brought focus to the vulnerability of the national telecom network, parts of which have been subjected to vandalism. A number of telcos operating in Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, left the peninsular after their licences were made over to Russian firms. More recently, telcos have retreated from the Donetsk region after it was impossible for them to operate their networks and continue to offer services. The telecom regulator now assesses market statistics, including revenue, excluding data from Crimea and the separately administered city of Sevastopol, as well as from a number of contested regions in the east.
This report provides an overview of Ukraine's telecom market, including profiles of the major operators, a review of telecom network infrastructure, regulatory measures, and emerging network developments.
ESU fails in petition against Court ruling invalidating the acquisition of a 92.79% stake in Ukrtelecom; telcos forced to stop telecom services in disputed regions; Ukrtelecom makes progress with network upgrade project with Huawei; new cable to Crimean peninsula becomes operational; MTS and Volia end services to Crimea; DREAM cable linking Ukraine to Germany and China opens for commercial traffic; legal amendments to Telecoms Law widens regulator's powers; legislation approved to encourage network sharing; fixed lines in service dip to 7.1 million; report update includes the regulator market data, State Statistics data to December 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2017, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:
Ukrtelecom, Kyivstar, Datagroup, Eurotranstelecom, Beeline, Vega, Velton Telecom, Intertelecom, ITC, Telesystems.