Ukraine Telecommunications Report

Published 08 July 2015

Quarterly report providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecommunications industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, BMI Industry Forecast Scenario, Telecommunications Risk Reward Index, Market Overview, Regulatory Environment, Company Profiles and Competitive

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Ukraine Telecommunications Report
Product Price
Opportunities for Broadband and related Services
Low share of bradband overall
e/f = estimate/forecast. Source: National Sources/BMI

BMI View: 3G has finally come to Ukraine with the launch of commercial services by Astelit and Kyivstar. This is a huge opportunity for operators to turnaround their fortunes with higher revenues from mobile data services. The telecoms sector has been artificially held back for many years as a result of the lack of 3G and fierce competition for data subscribers will help with innovation and VAS. Ukraine has one of the lowest ARPUs in Europe and we expect this will begin to improve as a result. This is due to the high share of inactive prepaid contracts in the subscriber mix and the depreciation of the local currency as result of the ongoing crisis, and we expect 3G will still affect the market positively.

We have previously upgraded our forecasts to reflect our expectations for 3G in the Ukraine rising from H2 2015. As regulator NKRZI (NCCIR) approved in August 2015 a roadmap to implement 4G LTE mobile services in the country until 2017, we expect operators will have to plan their investment into networks carefully, while competition in the mobile broadband market increases. The main components of the roadmap include changes to the national frequency allocation table/usage plan and re-farming existing frequencies for LTE under a new technology-neutral licensing regime. The plan aims to catch up with technology used by other countries.

Key Data

  • The mobile market counted 62.930mn subscriptions in the end of June 2015 and has shrunk slightly from 62.951mn at the end of 2014.

  • The uptake of broadband services is low, with penetration estimated to have reached just 17.7% at the end of 2014.

  • At the end of Q1 2015, there were 9.670mn 'basic' fixed-line telephone connections in service. This represented a 10.4% decrease from the10.799mn of the previous year.

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BMI Industry View
Business Environment
Industry Forecast
Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (Ukraine 2012-2019)
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Central And Eastern Europe Industry Risk Reward Index
Table: Central And Eastern Europe Telecoms Risk/Rewards Index, Q4 2015
Market Overview
Market Trends
Table: Ukrainian Mobile Market, Q2 2015
Network Developments
Mobile Content
Market Trends
Converged Services
Market Trends
Market Trends
Regulatory Development
Table: Regulatory Body Responsibilities
Regulatory Developments
Table: Selected Regulatory Developments
Company Profile
MTS Ukraine
VimpelCom (Kyivstar)
Demographic Forecast
Demographic Outlook
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Ukraine 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Ukraine 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Ukraine 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Ukraine 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Ukraine 1990-2025)
Table: Glossary Of Terms
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Ukraine Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Ukraine's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Ukraine Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Ukraine.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Ukraine to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Ukrainian telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Ukraine's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Ukraine.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the ARPU, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G & 4G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2010-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

  • Fixed-line Telephony – Telephone lines (‘000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
  • Cellular Telephony – Mobile phone subscribers (‘000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; and where available, 3G & 4G subscribers (‘000); 3G & 4G subscribers/100 inhabitants; 3G & 4G subscribers as a percentage of overall mobile market.
  • Internet Markets – Internet users (‘000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers (‘000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

BMI’s Telecommunications Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide an Indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Data Analysis

Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed-line and internet segments, broken down into:

  • Market Data – Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
  • Technology/Service Rollout – Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G & 4G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and valueadded handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
  • Mobile Content – The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators, including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
    Company Database – A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G & 4G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).

Regulatory Environment

Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. Also covers the latest updates in the market’s development and regulatory rulings.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Telecommunications Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.