The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine has launched a website (www.broadband.gov.ua) measuring consumers’ broadband Internet connection speed and allowing them to share feedback on the connection quality.
The aim is to draw a map of the Internet coverage of Ukraine. According to the Ministry, the target is to provide 100% broadband internet coverage in the next five years.
The connection speed is determined automatically after passing a speed test. The data may be shared anonymously.
The ministry has also collected official statistics on the Internet connection of Ukrainian schools and plans to verify this information via the new website. The task is to connect to the Internet those institutions which are not currently connected and to provide high-speed connections for schools already connected to the network. The Ministry will continue to collect official statistics on connecting public institutions like hospitals, police stations, and libraries to the Internet.
As a result, the Ministry will receive reliable information about actual Internet coverage to make informed decisions, end users will be able to improve the quality of connection in their regions, while operators should receive data for expansion and improvement of their networks.
Broadband development is one of the key priorities of the European Union’s EU4Digital Initiative, and is one of the five pillars of the EU4Digital Telecom network (EaPeReg). In addition, the EU4Digital broadband project implemented by the World Bank, the EU supports the roll-out of broadband strategies in all 6 EaP countries.
Accelerating broadband deployment in the EaP region is of vital importance, not just in terms of its potential to boost GDP growth (estimated at between €2.9 billion and €4.3 billion for the EaP region, for fixed broadband alone), but also for providing the essential connectivity for the deployment of eServices for businesses and citizens.