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KYIVSTAR CONNECTS 1,046 SETTLEMENTS TO 4G INTERNET

The Kyivstar mobile communications operator has expanded the territory of coverage with 4G technology in 21 regions in Ukraine and connected 1,046 settlements to the new technologies, providing another 830,000 residents of Ukraine with access to high-speed Internet, the company has said in a report.
So, high-speed mobile Internet appeared in the cities and towns of Baturyn, Berdychiv, Bilovodsk, Varash, Volochysk, Volnyansk, Zolotonosha, Konotop, Manevychi, Mena, Radomyshl, Rubizhne, Sambir, Smila, Starokostiantyniv, Stryi, Khotyn, Schastia, Yampil, as well as several hundreds of villages.
To date, the Kyivstar 4G network operates in 7,885 settlements, 90% of which are located in rural areas. This is the territory where over 29.8 million people or 72% of the population of Ukraine live.
The operator has already installed about 7,500 towers for 4G communications.
The company also said that the operator supported a general plan of action aimed at implementing the decree of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on ensuring nationwide coverage of 4G/LTE in the 900 MHz band.
Kyivstar is considering the possibility of becoming a “donor” of frequencies for other mobile operators, provided that the state takes measures to increase the efficiency of the radio frequency spectrum that Kyivstar may receive as a result of redistribution, the company said.

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NUMBER OF REGULAR INTERNET USERS IN UKRAINE INCREASES BY 7% TO 22.96 MLN

The number of regular Internet users in Ukraine by the end of the third quarter of 2019 (Q3) increased by 7% to 22.96 million, the Ukrainian Internet Association (UIA) reported on its website with a link to the results of a study by Factum Group Ukraine.
The Association notes this indicator for the first time in the past few years has grown significantly. The main reasons for the growth in the association are called ‘smartphoneization’ of the population and an increase in the number of network users in villages and small towns.
So, by the end of September, Internet penetration increased from 71% to 74% in towns whose population exceeds 100,000 inhabitants, from 63% to 70% in towns whose population is lower than 100,000 inhabitants, and from 53% to 58% in villages.
“Alignment of the structure of Internet users in accordance with the structure of the population continues. This process has actually been completed by gender, and continues by other indicators: regional, professional, educational, income, age. Almost all Ukrainians younger than 35 are Internet users,” the Association said when commenting on the findings of the survey.
The most active users are Ukrainians aged 15-24 years (97% of Internet users), they are followed by people aged 25 to 34 years (96%). Users over 65 years old account for 29% (only 14% a year ago). The share of women in the total number of Internet users is still 52%.
Some 44% of Ukrainian Internet users have an average income level, 48% are below average. Some 40% have secondary specialized education, 36% have complete higher education.
The first place among Internet devices is a smartphone (66%), the second is a home laptop (40%), and the third is a PC (36%).
The share of users using exclusively mobile devices for access to the Internet in Q3 was 22%.

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UKRAINIAN MEDIA INTERNET ADVERTISING MARKET EXPANDS BY 82% IN H1 2019 – UIA ASSOCIATION

The Ukrainian media Internet advertising market expands by 82% in H1 2019, to UAH 1.987 billion, the Ukrainian Internet Association (UIA) has said.
The share of direct sales on this market over the period came to 61.41%.
The segments of media Internet advertising are the following: banner advertising with 34% of the market share, in-stream video (pre-roll, mid-roll, post-roll, pause-roll, overlay-advertisement, picture-in-pause) was – 41%, in-page video advertising (content-roll) – 11%, other non-standard solutions (pop-up and pop-up pop-ups, catfish and screen-glide formats, synchronous banners, frontlines, full-screen advertising, sound advertisement in a digital audio stream and other types) – 9% and sponsorship – 5%.
The share of mobile media Internet advertising (targeted at mobile device users) of the total turnover of media Internet advertising was the following: 20.7% for banner advertising, 22% for in-stream video, 0.7% for in-page video (content-roll), 2.5% – for non-standard solutions and 1.1% for sponsorship.
The share of Programmatic (automated advertising) was 34.6% for purchases by agencies and 50.8% for platforms.
The share of social media and instant messengers (FB, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Skype, Viber and other applications) was also determined in advertising – 36.64%.
The methodology for measuring the volume of media Internet advertising was based on a cross-sectional analysis of survey data from the largest advertising agencies, websites and sales houses.
“The survey involved leading online advertising agencies: ADINDEX, AdWork, Dentsu Aegis Network Ukraine, DIEVO, Havas Digital, Maxus Sigma, MediaHead, Netpeak, newage, Publicis One, razom communications, TMGU, WebPromo, and representatives of the largest sites, holdings and sales-houses: 1+1, Adpartner, Edipresse Media, FISH, Go2Ne, Online.ua, Programmatic Media Group, RBC, RIA, Rontar, RST, StarLight Digital Sales, Treeum, Ukr.net, UMH, Autocentre, Lux (24 Channel) Novoye Vremia,” the association said.

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UKRAINIAN MEDIA INTERNET ADVERTISING MARKET EXPANDS BY 40% IN 2018

The Ukrainian media Internet advertising market expands by 39.9% in 2018, to UAH 3.511 billion, the Ukrainian Internet Association (UIA) has said.
The share of direct sales on this market over the period came to 56%. The segments of media Internet advertising are the following: banner advertising with 37% of the market share (a decline by 12.6 percentage points (p.p.) on 2017), in-stream video (pre-roll, mid-roll, post-roll, pause-roll, overlay-advertisement, picture-in-pause) was – 42% (growth of 15.8 p.p.), in-page video advertising (content-roll) – 9% (a rise by 6.8 p.p.), other non-standard solutions (pop-up and pop-up pop-ups, catfish and screen-glide formats, synchronous banners, frontlines, full-screen advertising, sound advertisement in a digital audio stream and other types) – 7% (a decline by 5 p.p.) and sponsorship – 5% (a fall by 4.8 p.p.).
The share of mobile media Internet advertising (targeted at mobile device users) of the total turnover of media Internet advertising was the following: 30% for banner advertising (a rise by 16 p.p.), 29% for in-stream video (a rise by 18 p.p.), 14% for in-page video (content-roll, a rise by 8.5 p.p.), 14% – for non-standard solutions (growth by 10.5 p.p.) and 13% for sponsorship (a rise by 12 p.p.).
The share of Programmatic (automated advertising) was 25.91% for purchases by agencies and 50.35% for platforms.
The share of social media and instant messengers (FB, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Skype, Viber and other applications) was also determined in advertising – 34.45% (a rise by 8 p.p.).
The methodology for measuring the volume of media Internet advertising was based on a cross-sectional analysis of survey data from the largest advertising agencies, websites and sales houses.
“The survey involved leading online advertising agencies: Dentsu Aegis Network Ukraine, razom communications, Sigma, ITCG, Havas Digital, Publicis One, TMGU, AdWork, DIEVO, MediaHead, Netpeak, newage, and representatives of the largest sites, holdings and sales-houses: Autocentre, Edipress, Lux (24 channel), RBC, RIA, Ukr.net, UMH, Go2Net, FISH, Adpartner, Rontar, Online.ua, Novoye Vremia, RST and Obozrevatel,” the association said.

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UKRTELECOM CONNECTS ABOUT 60 TOWNS AND VILLAGES TO INTERNET IN 2018

PJSC Ukrtelecom continued expanding the geography of Internet coverage in 2018 and connected almost 60 Ukrainian towns and villages to the Internet, according to the operator’s website.
“In 2018, access to the World Wide Web became available to residents of almost 60 other settlements. Of them, broadband access services based on GPON [Gigabit Passive Optical Network] technology became available in 44 settlements whose residents can use high-speed Internet services,” the operator said.
In 151 towns and urban-type settlements, Ukrtelecom subscribers who used ADSL technology were offered to connect to an optical network using FTTB technology.
Now the operator provides Internet access in almost 2,260 cities, towns and villages in Ukraine.
As was reported, Ukrtelecom in January-September 2018 posted about UAH 449 million in net profit, which was 29.62% down on the same period of 2017 (UAH 638 million).
Ukrtelecom is Ukraine’s largest fixed-line operator. It is the only founder and participant of LLC 3Mob, a 3G / UMTS mobile operator.

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FACEBOOK IS IN TOP-10 INTERNET RESOURCES BY POPULARITY IN UKRAINE, AUDIENCE REACHES 65%

Facebook.com in April 2018 became the only social network that entered the top ten Internet resources in Ukraine in terms of popularity, according to the Kantar TNS CMeter research conducted by Kantar TNS. According to a press release posted on Kantar TNS’ website, Facebook.com ranks third with an audience reach of 65.38%. The leaders are Google.com with a coverage of 98.18% and Youtube.com with 80.1%.
At the same time, Russian Internet services and social networks, banned in the spring of 2017 in Ukraine, have enough percentage to hit the top 25 popular websites: Vk.com (29.98%) ranks 11th, Yandex.ua (22.89%) ranks 13th, Mail.ru (20.74%) ranks 14th, and Odnoklassniki.ru (15.86%) ranks 23rd.
The CMeter study unties data from three sources: site-centric counters integrated into the websites. At the moment, about 250 websites are studied, of which about 30 with video fixation. Frame-centric counters are installed not on the website, but in the frame of the banner network. At the moment, these counters are used at more than 2,500 websites. The user-centric panel covers about 5,000 respondents daily, along with the standard indicators (hits, coverage, socio-demographic, etc. indicators for all the sites contacted by the respondent), it also records the panelists’ contact with the content.
Data from all the sources are combined in real time, which guarantees no data loss.

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