Vodafone Ukraine

Vodafone Ukraine (formerly MTS Ukraine, prior to that: Ukrainian Mobile Communications, UMC) is the second-largest mobile operator in Ukraine with 23.1 million users and thus a 38 percent market share (in September 2014).[1] In November 2009 it had 17.74 million GSM subscribers.[2] The company is fully owned by NEQSOL Holding.[3][4] In October 2015 Mobile TeleSystems and Vodafone expanded their 2008 strategic partnership; this resulted in the rebranding of MTS Ukraine to Vodafone Ukraine.[5]

Vodafone Ukraine Limited
Founded1992 (1992)
Area served
Internet service provider
OwnerNEQSOL Holding
ParentNEQSOL Holding

The company's main competitors are Kyivstar and lifecell.

Vodafone's network codes in Ukraine are +38050, +38066, +38095, and +38099 (postpay and prepaid users).


The company UMC Ukraine introduced mobile (cellular) services in Ukraine, initially using the analog NMT standard, then using GSM 900 and 1800. In 1993 UMC Ukraine was Ukraine's major cellular operator. In 2003 Mobile TeleSystems bought the company. In October 2006, MTS-Ukraine terminated its NMT service with plans to use the spectrum for the CDMA-450 rollout. From late 2006, MTS-Ukraine has developed its 3G mobile network with the CDMA-450 1xEV-DO standard. As of 2016 the Ukrainian MTS network supports various value-added services based on GPRS / EGPRS / EDGE and SMS / WAP / MMS / USSD. MTS is the only BlackBerry service-provider in Ukraine; it also provides WiFi hotspots, mainly in large cities and at airports.

A survey[when?] of 500 companies by GfK Ukraine Company and the magazine "Correspondent" rated MTS-Ukraine as one of the three best employers in the country.[citation needed]

In 2007 MTS-Ukraine joined the United Nations Global Compact to acknowledge the obligations of the business sector with regard to universally accepted[by whom?] principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. The company always gives great attention to advancing principles of social responsibility and to the 10 principles of The United Nations Global Compact.[citation needed] Corporate social responsibility is one of the major strategic priorities of MTS-Ukraine activity. MTS-Ukraine activity is constructed on social responsibility with respect to the state, consumers, employees, partners, competitors and Ukrainian society in general.

On March 15, 2007, MTS-Ukraine became the first telecommunication company in Ukraine to receive the Certificate of European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) "Perfection Recognition", which confirms the high standards of communication-operator work.

MTS-Ukraine logo (2007—2015)

In 2007 MTS-Ukraine was acknowledged as the most known socially responsible company in Ukraine according to popular opinion and by independent research by the UMG Company.

In 2008 research by the independent PRP Group Company rated MTS-Ukraine as the best in Ukraine as regards participation in the telecommunication market.[citation needed]

In 2008 and MTS-Ukraine's owner Mobile TeleSystems and Vodafone signed a strategic partnership.[5]

In 2011 MTS-Ukraine openly declared its interest in acquiring Utel, a subsidiary of Ukrtelecom, Ukraine's monopolist[citation needed] telephone company, after Ukrtelecom announced plans to divest its mobile business.[6]

In October 2015 Mobile TeleSystems and Vodafone expanded their strategic partnership; this resulted in the rebranding of MTS Ukraine as "Vodafone Ukraine".[5]

On 11 and 12 January 2018 the company operations in Ukraine's separatist entities on the occupied territories Luhansk People's Republic (on 11 January) and Donetsk People's Republic (on 12 January) were discontinued after a fibre optic line cut.[7][8] This resulted in two million people losing mobile phone access.[7] Until the Vodafone Ukraine line was repaired the remaining mobile phone carriers available in the region were the two operated by the separatist authorities.[7] On 19 January the repair of the fibre optic line was completed and Vodafone Ukraine's services in territory controlled by the Luhansk People's Republic completely resumed.[9] However, the territory controlled by the Donetsk People's Republic remained without a mobile connection; "the network does not work for reasons unknown to us" according to Vodafone Ukraine.[9] On 23 March 2018, "Donetsk People's Republic" stated that Vodafone Ukraine could only resume operating in the territory controlled by it if it would start to pay taxes to the unrecognised state.[10] Something Vodafone Ukraine refused.[10]

Mobile TeleSystems sold its Ukraine operations in 2019.[11] NEQSOL Holding acquired 100% of Vodafone Ukraine shares in December 2019.[3] NEQSOL Holding is an Azerbaijani company, it was founded in 1994 and was a joint venture between the Azerbaijani government and the private Israeli company GTIB.[12]


  1. ^ Ukraine's threat to shun Russian telecoms hard to fulfil, Reuters (Sep 14, 2014)
  2. ^ "MTS Announces Subscriber Growth Numbers for October 2009". ir.mts.ru. November 23, 2009.
  3. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) NEQSOL Holding closed the deal to buy Vodafone Ukraine, Economica pravda (4 December 2019)
  4. ^ "NEQSOL Holding". www.neqsolholding.com.
  5. ^ a b c MTS Ukraine to operate under Vodafone brand, Interfax Ukraine (16 October 2015)
  6. ^ http://proit.com.ua/article/telecom/2011/06/15/091248.html[dead link]
  7. ^ a b c "Agence France-Presse ..." temporary-unavailable.afp.com.
  8. ^ "Vodafone планує в четвер відновити зв'язок в ОРДЛО". Українська правда.
  9. ^ a b "Mobile connection partially restored in war-torn east Ukraine". sg.news.yahoo.com.
  10. ^ a b "В ДНР требуют от Vodafone 800 млн рублей долга". korrespondent.net.
  11. ^ "MTS Completes Sale of Ukraine Operations". ir.mts.ru.
  12. ^ (in Ukrainian) Banker Lavrenchuk headed the Ukrainian office of the company that bought Vodafone Ukraine, Economica pravda (5 April 2021)

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