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Telecommunications is one of the most modern, diverse and fast-growing sectors in the economy of Ukraine. Unlike country's dominating export industries, the telecommunications, as well as the related Internet sector, remain largely unaffected by the global economic crisis, ranking high in European and global rankings.

The industry also leads in demonopolization of Ukraine's economy as Ukrtelekom (once the country's sole telephone provider) was successfully privatized, and is now losing its retail market share to independent, foreign-invested private providers.

The entire population of Ukraine now has telephone and/or mobile phone connection;[a] Internet access is universally available in cities and main transport corridors, expanding into smaller settlements.

Ukraine's telecommunication development plan emphasizes further improving domestic trunk lines, international connections, and the mobile cellular system.

During the Russian invasion of Ukraine, telecommunications were provided by the Starlink satellite service.[1][2]

Internet audience

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International data network

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Two new domestic trunk lines are a part of the fiber-optic Trans-Asia-Europe (TAE) system and three Ukrainian links have been installed in the fiber-optic Trans-European Lines (TEL) project that connects 18 countries; additional international service is provided by the Italy-Turkey-Ukraine-Russia (ITUR) fiber-optic submarine cable and by earth stations in the Intelsat, Inmarsat, and Intersputnik satellite systems.

Fixed telephone network

Telephones - land lines in use: 12.681 million (2011)

Upon gaining independence from the USSR in 1991, Ukraine inherited an analog PSTN telephone system that was antiquated, inefficient, and in many places in disrepair; meanwhile demand overwhelmed the supply with more than 3.5 million households applications for telephone lines pending. Telephone density has since risen and the domestic trunk system is being improved; about one-third of Ukraine's networks are digital, and the majority of regional centers now have digital switching stations. Improvements in local networks and local exchanges continue to lag.

Several independent fixed network providers established themselves on the country's retail market, although Ukrtelecom still dominates it.

Mobile phone networks

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Market penetration

The mobile cellular telephone system's expansion has slowed, largely due to the saturation of the market, which has reached 125 mobile phones per 100 people.

Telephones - mobile cellular: 55.578 million (2011)

Mobile phone networks

Rank Operator Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
Ownership MCC / MNC
1 Kyivstar

(Including previous Beeline Ukraine network)

900/1800 MHz GSM (GPRS, EDGE)
900/1800/2100/2300/2600 MHz LTE, LTE-A
25.9 (2Q 2021) Veon 25503 and 25502
2 Vodafone
(Formerly MTS Ukraine)
900/1800 MHz GSM (GPRS, EDGE)
900/1800/2100/2600 MHz LTE, LTE-A
18.9 (2Q 2021) Bakcell 25501
3 Lifecell
(Formerly Life)
900/1800 MHz GSM (GPRS, EDGE)
900/1800/2100/2600 MHz LTE, LTE-A, LTE-A Pro
9.9 (Q3 2021) Turkcell 25506
4 Intertelecom 800 MHz CDMA2000, CDMA2000 EV-DO rel.0, rev. A, rev. B

(The gradual shutdown of the network began in many regions since 2020)

1.4 (3Q 2017) Odinaco Ltd (49%), Viktor Gushan (35.7%) 25504

(Own 3G network in Kyiv city centre only. Free 2G/3G roaming on Vodafone network available)

0.300 (2Q 2018) excluding Lycamobile Ukrtelecom 25507
6 PEOPLEnet 800 MHz CDMA2000, CDMA2000 EV-DO
(Network in Dnipropetrovsk region only)
0.853 (4Q 2012) Telesystemy Ukrainy 25521

Mobile phone manufacturers

The following companies in Ukraine are manufacturing mobile phones:

Radio broadcast stations

Main article: List of radio stations in Ukraine

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300 (2007)

Ukrainian Amateur Radio League

Internet in Ukraine

Main article: Internet in Ukraine

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Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Main article: Starlink satellite services in Ukraine

Ukraine's military and government rapidly became dependent on SpaceX's Starlink satellite services during Russian's invasion of Ukraine in 2022, as Russia attacked key infrastructures including telecommunication ones, and Ukraine was experiencing significant problems with Internet access.[4][5][6]

Satellite internet from SpaceX had key telecommunications role such as in the Siege of Azovstal (April 15–May 20), which helped Ukrainian defenders to resist Russian troops in Mariupol.[7]

While military and government use of the Starlink has been the most important aspect of opening Ukraine to low-altitude satellite internet services in early 2022, civilians are also heavily using the technology "to keep in touch with the outside world and tell loved ones that they are alive." During the war, Ukrainians can use Starlink terminals without paying the usual monthly subscription fee.[8]

To pay for the cost of Starlink in Ukraine, SpaceX donated for an estimate of over $100 million,[9] while an unknown amount was secured by several European countries and the US government.[10][1] In June 2023, The Pentagon communicated that the Department of Defense signed a contract with SpaceX's Starlink to buy those satellite services for Ukraine.[1]

The use of Starlink in Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine was however restricted by SpaceX, according to Ukrainian officials.[6]

Telecommunications-related government bodies

See also


  1. ^ except for a few very remote and sparsely inhabited settlements


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