Andrii Nabok – Keynote 04 2023
20 June 2023 | 10:00 EEST | Main auditorium | |
Consolidated programme 2023 overview / Andrii Nabok, Keynote
About Andrii Nabok
Andrii Nabok - Head of fixed broadband in Ministry of digital transformation of Ukraine
Since 2019 Andrii is responsible for fiber-optical networks deployment in Ukraine. Andrii’s team has carried out a project “Internet subvention”, as a result 3200 villages has been covered by fiber broadband.
After full scale invasion in 2022, Andrii’s team launched initiatives for network repairing on governmental level.
Since 2018 Andrii is representative of Ukraine in ICANN’s GAC.
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>> NADIA TJAHJA: Now I would like to introduce to you live from Ukraine, joining us on screen, Andril Nabok, head of fixed broadband from the Ukrainian industry of digital transformation. Please welcome him.
>> ANDRII NABOK: Good evening. I’m head of digital transformation of Ukraine. I’m trying to share my screen.
Can you see my screen? Sorry, do you hear me? Okay. Unfortunately, most of Ukrainians, they’re ready for another Russian attack on energy infrastructure with strike drones. It is a great honor for me to be able to speak here. I’m grateful to the previous speaker for the detailed report on the important role the Internet plays in war time for our people.
I would like to explain in more detail how the war and lack of electricity effects the operation of the Internet infrastructure. During the last six months, the Internet has played an important role in the life of every Ukrainian. Every day our people use governmental online services in their smartphones, improving their digital skills and every night we see information about the air raid alarm and the flight paths of missiles. So uninterrupted, high quality Internet in Ukraine saves lives in the literal sense of the word.
During the last 16 months, Ukrainian Internet providers have been restoring networks after every attack, so that our people are always online.
Broadband development, restoring of the network and the network resilience, it is the most important task of our ministries. Because war, we set a goal to cover 95% of rural population with fiber broadband, and in 2020 we launched the Internet invention project and as a result of this, 3,000 villages got the opportunity to use fiber broadband for the first time and more than 7,000 social facilities were connected to fiber broadband.
Before the war, Ukraine reached the highest broadband coverage and unfortunately it was before the war, cutting Ukrainians off from energy and Internet has been one of the main goals of the Russians ever since.
On this slide, you can see the constituencies of the war for our Internet infrastructure in number and quarters, you see six here, you see the number, and approximately 25% of Paul Internet networks were damaged or destroyed.
So our operators now have two main challenges, that we as a government are helping to solve. The first, the main challenge, it is a power outage. It is the damage for destroyed energy infrastructures that provide electricity to our people and second is destruction and infrastructure damage, destroyed base station of mobile operators and kilometers of optical cables and stolen or destroyed active equipment.
In this had slide you can see a graph that shows the impact of shelling on the Internet infrastructure. For example, in eastern Ukraine, during one of the shellings, about 83% of the Internet infrastructure stopped working.
Also I would like to highlight several of our projects which keeps our people connected.
As I mentioned before, it is a fiber allowed in a lot of rural areas, high in school shelters, a national element of mobile operators, et cetera.
We are currently looking at any possible options to help our Internet service providers. We’re asking for support from other government to help our country with Starlink, satellite terminals and generators and energy storage systems that will help Ukrainians stake connected.
Thank you very much for your attention.
>> NADIA TJAHJA: Thank you for joining us here today, it is really important to us that we have this kind of interaction. I’m pleased we’re able to do this hybridly.