Ukrainian nationwide telco Ukrtelecom has announced a two-year project to expand GPON-based fibre broadband network infrastructure across 300 small towns and villages in partnership with Slovenian technology provider Iskratel. The project – scheduled to begin in mid-May – involves construction of over 3,500km of optical fibre, costing around UAH270 million (USD10 million), of which UAH135 million is being funded by the Slovenian Development Bank. The first end-user connections provided under the project are expected to go live in July, with subscribers able to access internet speeds of up to 200Mbps alongside IP telephony and interactive TV services.
Ukrtelecom reported that in full-year 2018 it expanded the total coverage of its fibre network by 3,100km, with FTTx expansion carried out in the cities of Kiev, Poltava, Zaporozhye, Volyn, Rivne and others, and GPON technology reaching 44 additional localities in the twelve-month period. By the start of 2019 Ukrtelecom provided fixed broadband access (xDSL/FTTB/GPON) in a total of 2,260 cities, towns and villages across Ukraine.