Ukraine was one of the last countries in Europe to introduce 4G technology as it was rolled out only in March 2018. However, 4G coverage has since expanded and can now cover more than half of the population, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
Sergej Gavrilov, Telecoms Market Data & Intelligence Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “As 4G is not a new technology, vendors could easily supply 4G-compatible devices to the public to help drive the adoption of the 4G LTE technology. GlobalData expects the 4G subscriber base of Ukraine to surpass the 19 million mark by 2023.”
4G was introduced late in the Ukraine as the frequencies suitable for 4G were used for alternative purposes and reallocation of frequencies required negotiations with many parties, including the military. Additionally, telecom operators faced a particularly high level of bureaucracy in order to gain permission to launch 4G services.
Gavrilov concludes: “Three major operators Kyivstar, Vodafone and Lifecell heavily invested to introduce technology to the country. By the end of August 2018; Kyivstar could cover 13 million people, Vodafone extended its reach to 18 million people and Lifecell surpassed 22 million people.”