2015 Ukraine - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

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Last updated: 31 Mar 2015 Update History

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Publication Overview

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 recent network developments. It assesses the broadband and digital media sectors, covering major players and technologies, and offering a wide range of statistics. It also details the mobile market, providing statistics and analyses on industry developments.

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date: March 2015 (13th Edition) 

Executive Summary

Ukraine’s telecom market revenue hit by loss of Crimea

Ukraine’s national telecom infrastructure is being modernised through considerable investment in both the mobile and fixed-broadband sectors. The political tension which erupted in late 2013 has been exacerbated by the annexation of Crimea by Russia, and by the continuing secessionist activity in eastern provinces. This has resulted in considerable disruption, rendering it difficult for telcos to maintain network upgrades and services. Telcos once active in Crimea left the peninsular after their licences were made over to Russian firms. The telecom regulator’s assessments of market statistics, including revenue, now exclude data from Crimea and the separately administered city of Sevastopol. Continuing political and military difficulties in the country’s eastern provinces have.

Competition is provided from a number of alternative operators, though the incumbent Ukrtelecom remains the dominant player. The country’s 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.

The 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. Although the MVNO market is still in its infancy, and few operators have been licensed thus far, a gap in the low-cost sector may provide the opportunity for them 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, and have stimulated investment in LTE and WiMAX technologies. The 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.

Key developments:

  • New cable to Crimean peninsula becomes operational;
  • MNOs end services in Crimea;
  • DREAM cable linking Ukraine to Germany and China opens for commercial traffic;
  • Telecom revenue growth slows;
  • Amendments to Telecoms Law widens regulator’s powers;
  • Fixed lines dips below 12 million;
  • National Council Radio and TV Broadcasting to retender regional DTT frequencies;
  • Volia expands cable network reach through acquisitions;
  • Regulator auctions 2.1GHz spectrum;
  • CDMA refarming leads to MNO moves to share infrastructure; Regulator market data updates; State Statistical data for 2014; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Ukrtelecom, Datagroup, Eurotranstelecom, Vega, Velton Telecom, Intertelecom, ITC, Telesystems, Golden Telecom, PAN Wireless, Volia Cable, VimpelCom, Ukrainian Radio Systems, Astelit, MTS Ukraine, Beeline (Kyivstar).

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