According to Turkcell, 10% of mobile infrastructure in Ukraine is disabled

Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Workers participate in efforts to repair a road and the damage caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine in Odessa, Ukraine March 23, 2022. REUTERS/Igor Tkachenko

March 24, 2022

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish telecoms operator Turkcell, one of the three main operators in Ukraine, said about 10% of its infrastructure in the country was crippled by the Russian invasion, but added that its core network was not damaged.

While Russia has failed to capture a single major Ukrainian city a month after beginning its invasion, which Moscow calls a “special military operation,” fighting has left cities in ruins and critical infrastructure destroyed.

Turkcell, which operates under the name Lifecell in Ukraine, said in a stock release on Wednesday that around 10% of its 9,000 base stations in Ukraine were disabled, adding that there were no casualties among its employees.

The company said it provided necessary equipment to keep operations running and set up backup data centers in Lviv in western Ukraine and some neighboring countries, keeping 45% of its retail stores open in the country.

Turkcell’s operations in Ukraine accounted for 7.8% of its 2021 revenues of 35.9 billion liras ($2.42 billion). They accounted for about 10% of earnings before interest, depreciation, and taxes.

NATO member Turkey shares a maritime border with Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea and has good relations with both. While Ankara has criticized the Russian invasion and supported Ukraine, it has also launched mediation efforts and called for a ceasefire.

($1 = 14.8150 lire)

(Reporting by Can Sezer; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Daren Butler and Sherry Jacob-Phillips) According to Turkcell, 10% of mobile infrastructure in Ukraine is disabled

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