Is Ukraine Ready for the New Blackouts?

by Meifan Honcharuk
Monday, October 2, 2023
Is Ukraine Ready for the New Blackouts?

Ukrainian mobile operators have been tested for readiness to provide services in case of a possible Russian attack against Ukrainian energy infrastructure

The 3 main mobile operators of Ukraine: Vodafone, Lifecell, and Kyivstar passed 8 inspections from the National commission for state regulation of electronic communications. Conclusions show that all mobile operators in the Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa and Rivne regions still have to strengthen their stations with uninterruptible power supplies. At the same time, operators are actively working to maintain communications for the smooth passage of the winter period 2022-2023 in the case of blackouts and repair the damage the Russian Federation caused last year. For example, in November 2022, Kyivstar сame under Russian fire several times: as a result, more than 60% of the network was damaged. So, over the spring and summer, the company invested more than $52 million in its networks (energy independence, autonomous operation of mobile communications, the internet).

The companies also created a national roaming. In case of loss of communication, one operator could connect to another network while paying for services by the native operator's conditions.

Recall, according to the decision of the National security and defense council of Ukraine, all operators must provide people with communication for 3 days in case of loss of electricity. Last year, the Russian Federation, in the autumn-winter period, inflicted 33 massive attacks on the energy system of Ukraine, about 270 hits were recorded. September 21, 2023, Russia has already dealt the first attack against the energy sector of Ukraine.

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