In a major consumer survey, ATKearney shows that the use of digital offers across Ukraine does not lag behind the US and Europe at all – Ukraine is even among the top countries investigated.
“In distinction to many countries in Europe, Ukrainians appreciate quality although their ability to pay is hampered by the ongoing crisis,” the ATKearney analysts found.
2,000 TMT professionals from across Europe gathered in Kyiv to discuss industry issues and prospects
Earlier this month, TIM Ukraine 2015: Telecom, IT, Media, a two-day international conference, expo and meetup, was held at the exhibition center Acco International in Kyiv (Kiev). The event brought together 2,000 industry professionals (top managers, owners, investors, CTOs and CIOs) from 117 companies representing 9 countries.
These included Belarus, France, Germany, Georgia, Israel, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia, in addition to Ukraine.
In a new illustration of the maintained interest of several Russian funds in Ukrainian startups, Imperious Group has invested $250,000 in Multitest, a Kiyv (Kiev) -based startup that helps Internet users choose their ISP. The funds will be used to redesign the platform and penetrate new markets.
The startup’s founder Artem Beloded is considering, in particular, the US, UK and Polish markets, he told Russian online publication Siliconrus.
Fidomobile, a virtual operator of mobile networks, has won a competition held by the Kyiv (Kiev) state administration for selecting an operator for a high-speed WiFi network in the city’s metro.
The company plans to invest approximately 100 million hryvnias (approximately $7.7 million) in the project and to provide WiFi coverage throughout the metro, from escalators and platforms to tunnels and metro cars.
China’s Xinwei Telecom Enterprise Group has made further inroads into the Ukrainian market with an agreement to invest about $400 million in the telecom and hi-tech projects of telecom operator Datagroup. Datagroup CEO Alexander Danchenko signed a memorandum of cooperation with his counterpart from Xinwei, Wang Jin.
A press release announcing the agreement was posted on Hi-tech.ua on September 19. The statement also noted the slow pace of development in Ukraine, citing a lack of transparency in licensing and the need for a unified development strategy.
The number of broadband subscribers in Ukraine exceeded 7.49 million in the first quarter of 2014, up 0.7% compared to Q4 2013, according to Russian consultancy iKS-Consulting. Broadband ISP revenue in the country exceeded 1.472 billion hryvnias in the first quarter of 2014.
At the same time, according to the consultancy, the dynamics of broadband services revenues show a decline in demand for new Internet services, both on the side of commercial structures and the end-users.