Kyivstar's Crimea services halted

12 Aug 2014

Ukrainian cellco Kyivstar has ‘temporarily suspended’ its services in the Russian-controlled Crimea region. A notice from the company said that a group of armed men occupied the Kyivstar office in Simferopol, and, according to the staff there, installed their own telecoms equipment. Therefore, Kyivstar decided that in the interests of its subscribers’ personal information security, the physical security of its personnel and the integrity of the network, it was forced to temporarily suspend the provision of telecoms services in the Crimea. The company – which is part of the Russian-backed Vimpelcom group – reported the events to Ukraine’s National Commission for Regulation of Communications & Informatization (NCCIR) and said it was awaiting instruction from the regulator on how to proceed, ProIT reports.

Russia, Ukraine, Kyivstar