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Ukraine proposes to legislate national roaming for villages up to 2 thousand inhabitants

    The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Digital Transformation submitted draft law No. 9463 aimed at improving the provisions of the legislation in the field of electronic communications. One of its key provisions is the legislative consolidation of national roaming for settlements with a population of up to 2 thousand people.

    According to the Minister of Digital Transformation Mikhail Fedorov, the law on national roaming will provide access to 4G communications in villages, allow monitoring the speed of the Internet, and also allow residents to influence the quality of the Internet connection.

    The new bill assumes that national roaming will guarantee the availability of communication in remote settlements, regardless of the mobile operator whose services the subscriber uses. This is especially true for those settlements where only one operator is currently represented. According to the State Statistics Service, there are 5529 such settlements in Ukraine, and this limits the choice of residents in terms of quality communications.

    The adoption of draft law No. 9463 also provides for the creation of conditions for improving the quality of voice communications and ensuring coverage of 90% of the population with a data transfer rate of at least 2 Mbps. Such renewal of communication networks will contribute to more stable operation and meet the needs of residents of small settlements.

    According to the new law, the data rate for radio frequencies in the 900 MHz bands will be officially defined as a quality indicator. Citizens will be given the opportunity to conduct speed tests and report places where there are communication problems. Thus, a low data transfer rate will become the basis for taking measures to improve the quality of communication in a particular location.

    Representatives of the committee hope for broad support for bill No. 9463 from the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada. In particular, Mikhail Fedorov believes that the adoption of this law will help get rid of problems with poor communication, which limits the development of small settlements. These changes in legislation will significantly improve the quality of life and communications for residents of rural areas of Ukraine.