Over 60% of Kyivstar’s mobile network was knocked out in Nov. 23 Russian missile strike
More than 60% of the mobile network of Kyivstar was down after a Russian missile strike on Nov. 23 (Photo:NV)
More than 60% of the mobile network of Kyivstar, one of Ukraine’s largest mobile operators, was down after a Russian missile strike on Nov. 23, Kyivstar CEO Alexander Komarov wrote on Facebook on Dec. 2.
“The shelling of Ukraine’s critical infrastructure facilities on Nov. 23 provoked a new anti-record in the Kyivstar network since the beginning of the full-scale war – more than 60% of the network was down at its peak,” he said.
Komarov added that an average of 10-20% of the network has been down during November due to emergency blackouts.
At the same time, a previous massive missile attack on infrastructure facilities on Nov. 15 hit 35% of all the operator’s networks, with 28% of them being totally shut down.
Komarov emphasized that all mobile operators in Ukraine are facing a tense situation, due to power outages. He noted that the company is continuing to restore its network in the liberated territories, in particular in Kherson Oblast.
According to Komarov, about 150 mobile base station have been liberated in Kherson Oblast, 32 of which have already resumed operation. Many of these stations run on generators.
According to the head of Kyivstar, the main problems in Kherson Oblast include the lack of electricity and the mining of all network facilities, which makes quick restoration impossible.
Earlier, Komarov speculated that the network may only provide point coverage, when mobile communication would only partially be available.
In turn, Olga Ustinova, CEO of mobile operator Vodafone Ukraine, said that voice calls and SMS services will continue to work in some locations if there is a full blackout for several days, but there will be no mobile Internet.
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