Regulator asks operators to take over PEOPLEnet local telephony services

21 Sep 2020

Ukraine’s National Commission for State Regulation of Communications & Informatization (NCCIR) has issued a notice for local fixed telephony operators regarding the possibility of continuing services for subscribers of CST-Invest (NewTone), a subsidiary of Telesystems (PEOPLEnet), in Kharkiv, Zaporizhia and Melitopol, as the provider is ceasing its operations in those cities. CST-Invest holds allocations of 4,200 fixed numbers in Zaporizhia, 1,300 numbers in Melitopol and 1,000 numbers in Kharkiv.

PEOPLEnet has been steadily reducing its coverage zones, most recently disclosing that it will stop providing fixed-wireless telephony and mobile CDMA services in the Kharkiv region (oblast) on 1 December 2020. The mobile shutdown in Kharkiv means that the company will serve mobile users in just one oblast, Dnipropetrovsk. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database shows that PEOPLEnet offered CDMA mobile services in all 25 Ukrainian oblasts before beginning a phased shutdown in September 2015, reducing its footprint to two oblasts in May 2017.