The Ministry of Digital Transformation has created the necessary conditions for the whole of Ukraine, regardless of whether it is a city with over a million residents or a small village, to have equal access to high-speed mobile Internet.
As of July 2020, 7,685 settlements with more than 1.5 million Ukrainians had access to the fourth-generation mobile Internet for the first time. In total, 20,506 cities and villages of Ukraine already have access to 4G technology. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov.
In 2019, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy together with mobile operators signed a memorandum, which allowed to begin the process of connecting the most remote corners of the country to the modern mobile Internet.
“Residents of large cities in Ukraine have long had access to high-speed Internet. Instead, in small villages, such an opportunity is mostly absent. Unfortunately, no one has solved this problem before. The Ministry of Digital Transformation has been working on its solution since the beginning of its activity. We are developing both mobile and fixed high-speed Internet. Next year we will focus on coverage of international and national roads,” Mykhailo Fedorov said.
According to the Minister, 7,334 more settlements remain to be connected. By the end of November, operators will complete the process of frequency exchange, thereby speeding up the process of providing the Internet to all regions. By the end of the year, Cherkasy, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Donetsk and Luhansk regions will get 4G coverage.
Apart from that, Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov spoke about the plan to provide Ukrainians with a fixed Internet. The Minister of Digital Transformation stressed that the team's priority is to connect social facilities to the Internet: schools, libraries, hospitals. A clear strategy has been developed for that purpose.
The Ministry of Digital Transformation studied the real situation with the coverage of settlements and social facilities. Prior to that, no one in the country really knew how many cities and villages actually have a connection to high-speed fixed Internet.
“Like roads, budget spending on rolling out fibre-optic networks has always been a dark history. But we have thoroughly understood this and have a clear plan and vision on how to rectify the situation,” Mykhailo Fedorov added.
The Ministry of Digital Transformation plans to connect 10,800 social facilities of Ukraine to the high-speed Internet in the near future. The Ministry of Digital Transformation has prepared relevant proposals for the second reading of the Law on the State Budget. The list of these social facilities includes 2,000 schools with 130,000 students. The total amount of funding envisaged for 2021 is UAH 850 million.