Among the priorities of the Ministry of Digital Transformation is to provide 95% of Ukrainians with access to 4G in three years. Currently, the Ministry of Digital Transformation is implementing a clear plan to cover the territory of Ukraine. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov in an interview with Interfax Ukraine.
“4G is our current priority when it comes to mobile communications. We have a clear plan to cover the territory, and in the basic KPI - to connect 95% of the population to 4G-Internet in three years,” Mykhailo Fedorov said.
To this end, the Ministry of Digital Transformation held distribution of the 900 MHz frequency band and signed a memorandum with the operators. As a result, more than 2 million people have gained access to high-speed 4G mobile internet for the first time since July last year. And about 7 million people in the settlements received the second or third operator, which provides 4G, as Mykhailo Fedorov noted.
In addition, the Ministry of Digital Transformation is working simultaneously on the introduction of 5G in Ukraine. The Minister of Digital Transformation noted that the sale of 5G licenses is planned for December. The main purpose of the tender is to provide businesses with the opportunity to test the technology.
Mykhailo Fedorov also told that 5G test centers will appear in Ukraine this year: “That is very important, because this technology is primarily of interest to businesses that will create software and hardware. In addition, 5G allows them to increase workflow efficiency and optimize expenses.
The European Union is planning to cover the entire territory with 5G by 2025. In Ukraine today, the licensing obligations of operators cover the requirements to cover the five major cities of Ukraine throughout four years.
In an interview, Mykhailo Fedorov spoke about open data and a resolution that will expand the list of open data sets for Ukrainians and the bill on cloud services, as well as the Ministry's cooperation with Microsoft and plans to launch e-currency in Ukraine.