Ukraine has some of the slowest mobile internet speeds in the world, according to Global Index ranking by Speedtest published earlier this month. The ranking measured both mobile and fixed broadband speeds worldwide.
Ukraine was in 109th place out of 122 countries in terms of the speed of its mobile internet, between Egypt (faster) and Venezuela (slower). The average speed of mobile internet in Ukraine is 8.46 megabits per second for downloads, and 2.39 megabits per second for uploads.
The Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) has just released its venture capital and private equity overview, a report that features data about angel, venture and private equity investment deals involving companies in Ukraine, or with strong Ukrainian roots, in 2016.
According to the study, 2016 saw the highest number of investment deals since 2010. There were 87 deals in total, which is 32% more than the previous year.
More than one in four Ukrainian online shoppers bought smartphones and mobiles phones in the first quarter of this year, the Ukrainian Retail Association reported, citing a research released by local e-commerce platform Price.ua.
With nearly 5% of online consumers buying them, car tyres were the second most popular category. TV sets (4%), tablets (2%) and laptops (2%) completed the list.
The number of electric cars registered in Ukraine has surged significantly for the past year. As of March 31, 2017, there were 2,846 such vehicles, up from 693 in 2016, reports local online publication Epravda, citing data provided by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Electric cars are mostly concentrated in the biggest Ukrainian cities and their surrounding areas.
Already recognized for their engineering excellence, several countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are now emerging on the global startup scene.
Thus for the past couple of years Belarus, Estonia, Russia, Ukraine and some other countries of the region have seen their local companies assert themselves on the international market, raise considerable funding and/or be acquired by global companies.
The Central and Eastern European Outsourcing Association (CEEOA) has released “Central and Eastern European QA Outsourcing Review 2016-17” covering the latest trends in software quality assurance and testing, as well as application quality and testing practices across the region.
Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine are covered by the research.
The Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) has just released its Investors Book, a report that features data about local venture funds, accelerators, incubators, PE funds and other market players.
According to the report, 17 venture funds, six private equity funds and one corporate fund (HP Tech Ventures) currently operate in Ukraine.
Earlier this week, the US industry association IAOP released the 12th edition of its annual Global Outsourcing 100 ranking to identify the best outsourcing service providers in the world.
The ranking is based on what the IAOP believes to be the best companies in each of five judging categories: size and growth, customer references, awards and certifications, programs for innovation, and corporate social responsibility.
Earlier this month Nielsen released its “Connected Commerce Survey,” covering different aspects of online shopping throughout the world. More than 30,000 Internet users were polled in 63 countries throughout Europe — including Ukraine, — Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East/Africa and North America.
Globally, more than 93% of the respondents say they already have an online shopping experience. In Ukraine, where Internet penetration reaches no more than 43%, this index reaches 91%, which is twice as much as back in 2011.
“Why are cats afraid of cucumbers?” “How do you kiss properly?” “What do people need nails for?”
These were among the most common questions on the minds of Ukrainians in 2016, according to the Ukrainian office of Google, which released last week lists of the most popular search questions in Ukraine.
The ranking reveals Ukrainians’ interest in a wide range of topics and personalities.