Ukrtelecom’s new kid sister reports FTTH expansion progress

24 Jul 2013

Ukrainian fixed network operator Vega – owned by conglomerate SCM which last month signed a deal to take over national incumbent PSTN operator Ukrtelecom – has reported on its website its recent progress in expanding coverage of its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband connections, which offer internet speeds of ‘up to 100Mbps’ and access to IPTV and other advanced multimedia services. Aimed mainly at residential users, Vega says FTTH services – which it began deploying in selected urban areas in Q4 2012 – have been launched in ’33 zones’ since the beginning of 2013, including the cities/regions of Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa, Kharkiv, Kyiv and Crimea.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that at the beginning of its FTTH rollout in October 2012, Vega already operated a fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network with a presence in selected areas of 33 cities, offering internet access for consumers and businesses at up to 100Mbps.

Vega’s soon-to-be-big-sister telco Ukrtelecom (pending antimonopoly authority permission) is also developing direct fibre access technology, but its rollout remains in the early stages, TeleGeography adds.