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Is the Kyivstar operator ready for long-term power outages and who monitors this

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun24,2024

Is the Kyivstar operator ready for long-term blackouts and who monitors it

When the power goes out, many people switch to mobile internet at the same time, which overloads the network. Under normal conditions, most users will receive 80% of their traffic through a fixed network. Currently, a special commission is conducting unscheduled inspections of operators regarding their readiness for power outages. Since 2022, Kyivstar has invested more than UAH 1 billion in energy independence of the network. This is stated in the material of the “Business Censor” website. from June 24.

According to Oleksandr Kharchenko, director of the Energy Research Center, without the Zaporizhzhya NPP, which has been under the occupation of the Russians since February 2022, shutdown is guaranteed to be expected within the next two winters. When the power goes out, many people switch to mobile internet at the same time, which overloads the network.

“In Ukraine, the network is built in such a way that the majority of users (80% of traffic) access the Internet through a fixed network. The rest is via mobile communication,” – says Matsyk.

To keep Ukrainians connected, since 2022, Kyivstar has invested more than UAH 1 billion in energy independence of the network.

“As of June 2024, 113,000 new batteries have been installed in base stations, which ensure the operation of base stations for up to 4 hours without external power. 2.3 thousand base stations are equipped with generators, which is four times more than we had in 2022 . 50,000 uninterrupted power sources are installed in 23,000 apartment buildings to support the operation of the Home Internet service”, – reported to the company.

The head of the Kyivstar retail network Mykhailo Mykolyuk claims that today all critical communications facilities, the list of which is determined by the NSDC, are equipped with generators.

“At these base stations, communication will work even in case of long-term power outages,” – he explains.

Working in new conditions has affected tariffs. They were replaced at Kyivstar in May.

“We are doing this for the first time since the beginning of the war. In addition, we are giving customers a choice: either to switch to a new tariff plan with a larger volume of services, or to choose an alternative from existing tariff plans at a lower price and with a smaller volume of services. And in fact, you need to understand that it's an inevitable process,” – Oleksandr Komarov, the president of the company, told in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

Who monitors mobile communication

Ensuring stable functioning of electronic communications networks in conditions of war or state of emergency – this is a requirement of the law.

Since January 2023, the National Commission for State Regulation in the Fields of Electronic Communications, Radio Frequency Spectrum, and the Provision of Postal Services (NKEK) has been conducting unscheduled inspections of operators regarding their readiness for power outages. According to the requirements, operators must ensure the autonomous operation of the equipment for three days.

How to stay in touch

Operators advise first of all to turn off media auto-loading in messengers, give up “heavy” content like streaming video or at least set low quality, give priority to basic services like SMS.

 “This will reduce the load on base stations and continue work smartphone batteries”, – they say in Kyivstar.

In addition, it makes sense to download lightweight versions of applications in advance: Facebook Lite, Messenger Lite, Google Go, Google Maps Go, etc., which are able to work even with the minimum speed of the mobile Internet on 3G and even 2G.

Ukraine also has national roaming. Thanks to this service, subscribers of one operator can use towers of other operators to make calls and send messages.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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