Business news from Ukraine

MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS’ BASE NARROWS BY 0.75% IN 1Q

The number of mobile communications subscribers in Ukraine in January-March 2018 totaled 55.323 million, which was 0.75% down on the previous, fourth quarter of 2017, the State Statistics Service has reported. The number of households buying mobile communications services (private clients) shrank by 0.82% in the first three months of 2018 to 50.977 million people. Private subscribers accounted for 92% of the total number of mobile communications subscribers.
The number of cable TV subscribers in the first quarter of 2018 fell by 4.1%, to 2.242 million people.
The number of Internet access users as of April 1, 2018, was 23.836 million people, which was 0.86% up from the previous quarter. Private users accounted for 89.7%.
In the first quarter of 2018, broadband Internet access was available to 22.9 million subscribers (a 1.3% up on the fourth quarter of 2017).
Fixed Internet access services in the first three months of 2018 were provided to 5.16 million subscribers, wireless Internet services were available to 17.16 million subscribers.
Landline telephone communications services were provided to 5.938 million households in urban areas and to 802,500 households in rural areas.

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VODAFONE LAUNCHES NEW ROAMING TARIFFS FOR SUBSCRIBERS IN UKRAINE

Vodafone Ukraine has launched new roaming tariffs for prepaid subscribers and the charged unlimited traffic service for Viber, WhatsApp and Skype, the company reported on Wednesday. “New roaming tariffs for free communication… during overseas trips to more than 75 countries. The updated tariffs offer affordable mobile Internet and unlimited messaging, as well as lower cost of calls in roaming,” the company said.
The cost of 15 minutes of calls in roaming will start from UAH 35, including in the countries as Austria, the UK, Denmark, Egypt, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Canada, Norway, Netherlands, UAE, Poland, Portugal, the United States, Thailand, Turkey, Hungary, Croatia, France, Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Montenegro, Estonia, Switzerland and Japan. The indicated cost of calls includes all incoming and outgoing calls to Vodafone Ukraine subscribers’ numbers, numbers of subscribers of other Ukrainian operators, as well as outgoing calls to local numbers of the host country.
In addition, the operator offers a package that includes 100 MB of mobile Internet and unlimited messaging within 24 hours in Viber, WhatsApp and Skype (including text messages and images) for UAH 40. The cost of sending SMS or MMS in roaming to all networks is UAH 15 for 15 messages.
Basic tariffs are valid if subscribers are registered in any network. A detailed list of countries in which new tariffs are in effect can be found on the operator’s website.

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