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.
Telecom-accelerator 2.0, a joint project by Ukrainian technological cluster Radar Tech and major telco Kyivstar, announced the start of its second acceleration program for Ukrainian startups earlier this month.
Eleven startups have been selected out of 34 applications to participate in the project.
Last month Mobile Beach Conference, which presents itself as Europe’s biggest mobile marketing event, held its third edition in Odessa, southern Ukraine.
Some 1,000 attendees from 29 countries participated in the event, which targeted marketers, app developers, startupers, investors, advertisers and publishers.
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.
If Ukrainian mobile phone users are tired of their tariff plans or fed up with poor service, they face a tough choice: either they stay with their current provider and suffer on, or change networks and be forced to change their number as well.
Such a dilemma doesn’t exist in the more than 70 countries where mobile number portability is available. Portability allows customers to move freely among networks, taking their number with them wherever they go.
Uber and its Russian competitor Yandex.Taxi keep enhancing their presence in Ukraine. After their almost simultaneous launch in southern Ukraine last month, the taxi-hailing services are now competing in Lviv (Lvov), a major city in western Ukraine.
Lviv is the fifth Ukrainian city after Kyiv (Kiev), Kharkiv (Kharkov), Dnipro (Dnepr) and Odessa for Yandex.Taxi and the third one for Uber to cover so far.
On May 20-21, Odessa, a city in the Southern Ukraine, will play host to a major international mobile marketing event Mobile Beach Conference 2017. Some 1,500 international mobile marketing professionals are expected to attend.
Presented as “the most unconventional mobile marketing event,” it will take place at the Ibiza resort by the Black Sea.
Kidslox, a Ukrainian-British startup which helps parents “control kids’ mobile device time,” won the Startup Battle held in late November in Cherkassy, a city in central Ukraine. The contest was organized by Startup.Network as part of a series of industry events.
The purpose of this app is to put parents in control of their children’s screen time by setting time limits and establishing boundaries for their mobile and tablet device use.
This morning Sence, “the first wearable technology capable of accurately tracking and logging emotional states so you can take action”, had attracted $126,261 from 716 Kickstarter backers – far above its crowdfunding goal of $100,000.
Developed by Planexta, a startup with Ukrainian roots, Sence reflects “the evolution of mindfulness and productivity,” tracking emotions with ECG signals.