Business news from Ukraine

NUMBER OF KYIVSTAR USERS WITH GROWS BY 8%

The users of modern smartphones are 18 million subscribers of the network of the mobile operator Kyivstar.
According to the press service of the company, the data are for the third quarter of 2021.
According to Kyivstar analytics, the number of network users who already have smartphones increased by 8% compared to the same period last year. Among them, about 16.6 million devices support 4G.
“For several years now, smartphones from Xiaomi (32%) and Samsung (27%) have been leading in popularity among Kyivstar customers. The next most common smartphones are Apple (13%), Huawei (9%) and Meizu (2%). Other phones make up 17%,” the report says.
At the same time, the company notes that only 1.4 million subscribers have smartphones that do not support 4G technology. Compared to 2020, there are half the number of such phones.

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RETAIL GROUP FOZZY TO CREATE NETWORK OF SPORTS CLUBS

Fozzy Group announces the creation of a network of sports clubs Apollo Next Sport-Space, the opening of the first of them is planned in September this year.
According to the company’s report, the clubs will develop in the “high value – low price” segment, that is, the clubs will be affordable, but of high quality and technology.
“When creating Apollo Next, we were inspired by the NASA space flight program. It was this program that helped carry out the first manned landing on the moon and declare to the whole world that nothing is impossible for humans. Actually, we think so too. Therefore, we are launching the following “missions to the stars” in each new club. This will even be reflected in the names of the locations: Apollo 019, Apollo 020, Apollo 123 and so on,” the company describes the concept of the clubs.
According to a press release, three such sports spaces will open in early September in Kyiv: Apollo NEXT 019 with an area of 1,300 sq m in the Dream Town 1 shopping center (1b Obolonsky Avenue), Apollo Next 020 with an area of 1,200 sq m in KharOK shopping and entertainment center (9e Dekabrystiv Street) and Apollo Next 021 with an area of 1,200 sq m in the Arena City shopping center (2a Baseina Street).
It is noted that each sports space has a group training area, a functional area for small groups, a cardio area, a stretching area, as well as a place for working with free weights and sports equipment. On the territory there is a club management center, a social space with a cafe-bar, a kiosk with a branded line of Decathlon sports equipment, accessories and sports nutrition, as well as changing rooms and showers.
Apollo Next is the first fully digitalized network of sports clubs, all interaction takes place through the website, application, facial recognition system, Apollo Next bracelet and NFC devices.
Subscription allows you to train daily for four weeks. Subscription pre-sale started on July 20, 2021.

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MOBILE OPERATOR LIFECELL PLANS TO CONNECT ANOTHER 148 SETTLEMENTS TO 4G NETWORK

The mobile operator lifecell plans to connect another 148 settlements to the 4G network by the end of December, where more than 200,000 people live.
According to the operator’s statement on Thursday, in November 2020, high-speed Internet from lifecell appeared in 452 settlements throughout Ukraine.
“Among them, 80 settlements are unique, as until this year there was no 4G coverage from any mobile operator,” the company said.
At the same time, over the past six months, high-speed mobile communication 4G from lifecell has appeared in 1,250 settlements where more than 800,000 people live.
To improve communication, the operator installed 301 new base stations during 2020 and upgraded another 764 stations.
In general, in 2020, more than 1 million residents of different regions of Ukraine received access to high-speed mobile Internet from lifecell.
Now access to 3G and 4G communications from lifecell is already available to 75% of Ukrainian residents.
In 2021, the operator plans to actively work on further rollout of coverage, which will reduce the gap in access to digital services between small towns and cities.

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MOBILE NETWORK OPERATORS KYIVSTAR, VODAFONE UKRAINE AND LIFECELL PLAN TO SHARE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR 30% OF NEW NETWORKS

Mobile network operators Kyivstar, Vodafone Ukraine and lifecell plan to build up to 30% of new telecom network sites based on the infrastructure sharing model.
“We have agreed on sharing… All operators are aware that it makes no sense to build three networks in some localities and on some roads, that it makes sense to agree to a reasonable story with investments, it makes sense to share networks. According to forecasts, 30% of the new construction will be the sharing network,” Vodafone Ukraine CEO Olha Ustinova said at a briefing in Kyiv on Tuesday.
She also said that operators have great anticipations about the state’s permission to launch spectral sharing, which will allow them to share not only passive infrastructure, but also its active part.
Ustinova also called the elimination of the digital divide one of the most important projects of the telecom industry in Ukraine.

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VODAFONE PROVIDES 4G NETWORK COVERAGE TO 80% OF UKRAINIANS

The Vodafone Ukraine mobile operator expanded its 4G network in 18 Ukrainian regions in August 2020.
According to company’s press service, in particular, the operator has launched 4G coverage in 660 settlements of Vinnytsia, Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zhytomyr, Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Lviv, Odesa, Poltava, Rivne, Ternopil, Kherson, Khmelnytsky, Cherkasy and Chernivtsi regions over the past month.
To date, according to the data given, Vodafone Ukraine provides 4G coverage to 80% of Ukrainians.

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KYIVSTAR MOBILE OPERATOR EXTENDS 4G NETWORK COVERAGE IN 20 REGIONS

Kyivstar mobile operator has extended 4G network coverage in 20 regions of Ukraine, connecting 344 more settlements, the company’s press service has said.
The operator, in particular, connected the towns of Tokmak (Zaporizhia region), Soledar (Donetsk region), Svaliava (Zakarpattia region), Pogrebysche (Vinnitsa region), Belz (Lviv region), as well as hundreds of small villages.
Currently, according to the company, due to the increase in 4G communications territory, more than 80% of Ukrainian residents can take advantage of high-speed mobile Internet access in the Kyivstar network.
Since the launch of the 4G communications by the operator in April 2018, more than 10 million subscribers have already taken advantage of the new technology services. During this period, the consumption of mobile Internet in the Kyivstar network increased from 325 to 649 PB.
In the 4G communications network, each subscriber on average uses 10 GB of traffic per month, which is almost twice as much as on a 3G network.
Kyivstar is the largest Ukrainian telecommunications operator. It provides communications and data services based on a wide range of mobile and fixed technologies, including 3G. By the end of 2018, its services were used by about 26.4 million mobile subscribers and about 900,000 fixed Internet customers.
The shareholder of Kyivstar is the international group VEON (formerly VimpelCom Ltd.). The shares of the group are listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange (New York).

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