Ukraine’s Datagroup has selected Cisco to modernise its extensive national network.
According to the company, the total investment in the project will amount to $20 million. Datagroup is a telecom partner for many of Ukraine’s leading companies and its high-speed data transfer network extends beyond 22,000 km. This includes intertoll DWDM and MPLS networks, as well as residential MPLS networks in large cities within Datagroup’s coverage area. The modernisation will impact all levels of the network and provide an opportunity to increase bandwidth.
Commenting on the development, Mykhailo Shelemba, Datagroup CEO, said: “We continually strive to respond to external changes and meet our clients’ exacting demands. In 2020 alone, the Company’s network traffic grew by 35%. We’ve decided to carry out a large-scale network modernisation that will support the implementation of our business strategy. This will also set the stage for growth for the next 10 years, enabling various innovative services and attracting new clients from the corporate, public and private sectors”.
Lenna Koszarny, founding partner and CEO, Horizon Capital, added: “We are delighted that Datagroup is partnering with Cisco, an American technology corporation headquartered in San Jose, California, to implement this bold modernization project.
“Ukraine requires large-scale, near-term infrastructure investments throughout the country. We are proud of Datagroup’s commitment to invest in, promote and support the rapid digitalisation underway in both the private and public sectors”.
Volodymyr Lutchenko, Datagroup technical director, said: “The project will turn our network into one of the most flexible in the Ukrainian telecom market, ensuring rapid response in meeting the needs of our corporate and wholesale customers and partners. For residential users, the Internet connection speed will increase, resulting in minimal delay during peak usage hours. By the end of April, we expect the delivery of equipment to start to allow the first stage of our modernisation”.
Serhii Martynchuk, head of Cisco Ukraine, added: “We are proud to become a key partner for Datagroup during the implementation of such a significant and large-scale project. Cisco’s network architecture serves as a basis of digital transformations for various countries around the globe. These unique competencies of ours assures us that this project will contribute significantly to the development of the entire telecom infrastructure throughout Ukraine, providing its residents with access to telecom and IT services of higher quality”.