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Ukraine to get €12 million in new fibre

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JSC Ukrtelecom and Iskratel are to deploy €12 million of fibre across the Ukraine.

The partnership uses Passive Optical Network (PON) technology to potentially offer connectivity to 1.3 million people and 530,000 homes over the course of a three-year build.

More than 300 locations in various Ukrainian regions with benefit from gigabit-capable connectivity

“The joint program between Iskratel and Ukrtelecom is playing an increasingly important role in the roll out of broadband Internet in Ukraine,” said Iskratel CEO Željko Puljic. “This collaboration continues the long-term partnership between our two companies in the development of fibre-optical access in the country that now amounts to €25 Million.”

Iskratel said its technology, assembled in Slovenia, provides access to speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s, IPTV and other IP-based services.

The news followed the 2020 project announcement from Ukrainian telecom operator Ukrtelecom and Iskratel, which saw the two invest around €7 million in a two-year network construction project connecting more than 200 localities in 13 Ukrainian regions. Previously, Ukrtelecom and Iskratel rolled out fibre broadband for 300 localities in the project, launched in 2019.

At the end of last year, and working with Belgian service provider Ulysse Group, Iskratel deployed a high-speed fibre-optic broadband network in Liège, Belgium.

“Ukrtelecom is a nationwide telecommunications company with the largest geographical coverage and we continue in our mission of bridging the digital divide across Ukraine,” Ukrtelecom CEO Yuriy Kurmaz said. “Working with Iskratel will boost our contribution to the development of Internet access in Ukraine.”