Kyivstar mobile operator planning to increase network autonomy to 4-6 hours

17 November 2022, 06:40 PM
Kyivstar CEO Oleksandr Komarov (Photo:NV)

Kyivstar CEO Oleksandr Komarov (Photo:NV)

Kyivstar, one of Ukraine’s major mobile operators, is looking to increase the autonomy of its network by two to three times, by replacing off-grid equipment batteries, the Interfax news agency reported on Nov. 17, quoting Kyivstar CEO Oleksandr Komarov.

"Now our task is to increase (the grid energy autonomy – ed.), to make the grid work without a power supply for 4 or 6 hours instead of the 1.5 or 2 hours that we currently have," Komarov said.

He explained tens of thousands of units will require battery replacements to accomplish this task. Replacing even a single battery requires organizing the logistics of a 500 kg load, half a day’s work for a specialist, and testing.

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"Our major challenge right now is to ensure the stability of the service despite the difficult situation in the country," he said.

Komarov stated that over 1,000 websites are being disconnected daily due to the constant blackouts in Ukraine.

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