Rural Ukraine to benefit from new fibre network

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A new fibre-optic network is set to bridge the digital divide in the Ukraine, connecting 200 towns and villages.

Iskratel, together with PJSC Ukrtelecom and SID Bank signed an agreement to build the GPON network under a two-year network construction project. This has had a total investment of almost ₴200m and is the second project between Ukrtelecom and Iskratel.

The project will include the manufacture of more than 2,000km of fibre optic cables, and the installation of modern certified telecommunication equipment, which is assembled in Slovenia at Iskratel’s production centres. 

Hundreds of thousands of people, who live in rural areas of Ukraine in the Vinnitska, Khmelnytska, Dnipropetrovska, Zaporizhska, Odeska, Poltavska, Mykolayivska, Sumska, Rivnenska, Khersonska, Kharkivska, Cherkaska, Luhanska regions will have the opportunity to use fibre optic Internet at speeds of up to 1Gb/s, IPTV and other IP-based services.

Matyazh Alyanchich, director of Iskratel’s Access Division, said: ‘Projects funded by investment banks are playing an increasingly important role in the development of broadband Internet in Europe. The project, financed by SID Bank, continues the long-term cooperation between Ukrtelecom and Iskratel in the development of optical access in Ukraine.’

Yuriy Kurmaz, CEO of Ukrtelecom, added: ‘Being the largest telco operator of Ukraine has provided a unique opportunity in attracting European financial and production partners to a project which aims to bridge the digital divide in Ukraine. At this stage, the building of the network is proceeding according to plan and work has begun in the Kharkiv region. The situation around the coronavirus pandemic has not affected the planned activities of the project.’

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