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JSC Ukrtelecom
Joint stock company
Key people
Alexander Barinov (Chairman of JSC "Ukrtelecom"), Yuri Kurmaz (Director of JSC "Ukrtelecom"), Leonid Netudykhata (Chairman of the Supervisory Board of JSC "Ukrtelecom"), Victor Sennikov (Director of the Kiev city directorate JSC "Ukrtelecom"), Anatoly Mashirenko (Director of the Kiev oblasnogo branch of JSC "Ukrtelecom"), Viktor Klimenko (Director of the Crimean branch of JSC "Ukrtelecom"), Stuart Paul Reich (Member of the Supervisory Board of JSC "Ukrtelecom"), Lyudmila Pavlenko (Member of the Supervisory Board of JSC "Ukrtelecom"), Catherine Lapshin (Member of the Supervisory Board of JSC "Ukrtelecom"), Ilya Arkhipov (Member of the Supervisory Board of JSC "Ukrtelecom")
Increase UAH 6.8 billion (2015)[1]
Decrease UAH 6.7 billion (2010)[2]
Number of employees
123,102 (2006)
ParentSystem Capital Management

Ukrtelecom JSC (Ukrainian: Укртелеком) (PFTS: UTLM) is Ukraine's monopolist telephone company, also active in Internet service providing and mobile markets. The company was governed by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications of Ukraine with 92.9% shares belong to government until Austrian investment firm EPIC bought a 92.79 percent stake in Ukraine's main fixed-line operator Ukrtelecom UTLM.PFT from the Ukrainian government for $1.3 billion.[3] This stake was resold to System Capital Management of Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov.[4]

Ukrtelecom participates in ITUR, TEL/ТАЕ, and BSFOCS international cable systems. Until 1994, the company was known as Ukrelectrozvyazok (Ukrainian: Укрелектрозв'язок).[5]


Ukrtelecom's old corporate logo, used from August 1991 to September 2009.
It is Ukrtelecom's old logo prior to the rebranding from 2009.

The company was created from the Soviet network of communication only in 1993, however, the network itself came under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Communications in 1991 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. According to the company's history, the phone-telegraph communication network in Ukraine prior to 1991 was only sixth within the Soviet Union and was noticeably backward. All communications outside the Soviet Union was conducted through the Moscow's headquarters. In 1991 there were 7,630 thousands numbers listed, averaging 14.6 numbers for 100 residents.

In 1993, the government confirmed the complex program for creation the single national system of communication in Ukraine. For the purpose of more effective managing of the industry it was fully reorganized. Based on the government enterprises two main industrial unions were created: Ukrposhta and Ukrelektrozviazok. The latter was changed in 1994 to Ukrtelekom.

Ukrtelekom upon its creation consisted of seven enterprises and organizations: Ukrtek (Ukrainian enterprise of international and intercity communication and television), Kiev telegraph, Kiev city radio broadcasting network, Center of informational technologies, State Institutes "Ukrzviazokproekt", "Dniprozviazok", "Zakarpattelekom".

In January 1995 to Ukrtelekom were merged other 22 oblast networks as well as the Crimean republican and Sevastopol city communication enterprises. And by the end of the year "Ukrzviazoksuputnyk" was also added to the union. By January 1996 the union absorbed the last enterprise "Dniportelekom".

The union, however, was not as effective as it was thought it should have been and in 1998 Ukrtelekom was restructured to form a single entity out of the union of some 35 state enterprises. By the end of 1999 all the enterprises were reformed into stock associates of the Ukrtelekom company.

In 2009, Ukrtelecom introduced a new logo for the first time of 18 years since 1991, and were at the same time changing its corporate identity. It was reported that the rebranding cost an estimated $100,000 and was ordered in Britain.[6]

The Ukrainian government planned to privatize the company as early as March 2009.[7] On October 12, 2010 the first Azarov government announced the date and starting price for selling Ukrtelecom. Bidding took place on December 28, 2010 with the starting price of all government shares at 10.5 billion hryvnias.[8] Companies with over 25% of shares owned by government or government establishment were announced not eligible for the bidding. Also the companies whose market share in communications in the country exceeds 25% were announced non-eligible either. The sole bidder at the auction was Ukrainian-registered ESU, a cellular network builder and subsidiary of EPIC Invest, an Austrian-based investment company, which offered to pay the starting price of 10.5 billion hryvnias.[4] ESU then sold this 92,79% stake in Ukrtelecom to System Capital Management of Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov.[4]


At their first annual general meeting, held on June 14, 2011, the new owners granted the board the right to sell Utel, Ukrtelecom’s mobile division, within a half year.[9] The shareholders also reshuffled the supervisory board, installing their representatives, and increased board responsibilities.


  • Alexander Barinov - Chairman of JSC "Ukrtelecom" 2014–present
  • Yuri Kurmaz - Director of JSC "Ukrtelecom" 2014–present
  • Leonid Netudykhata - Chairman of the Supervisory Board of JSC "Ukrtelecom" 2013–present
  • Victor Sennikov - Director of the Kiev city directorate JSC "Ukrtelecom" 2010–present
  • Anatoly Mashirenko - Director of the Kiev oblasnogo branch of JSC "Ukrtelecom" 2013–present
  • Viktor Klimenko - Director of the Crimean branch of JSC "Ukrtelecom" 2007–present
  • Stuart Paul Reich - Member of the Supervisory Board of JSC "Ukrtelecom" 2013–present
  • Lyudmila Pavlenko - Member of the Supervisory Board of JSC "Ukrtelecom" 2013–present
  • Catherine Lapshin - Member of the Supervisory Board of JSC "Ukrtelecom" 2014–present
  • Ilya Arkhipov - Member of the Supervisory Board of JSC "Ukrtelecom" 2013–present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ From company site
  2. ^ Ukrtelecom Accounting Department (2011-01-01). "Financial Results for 2010" (PDF). (in Ukrainian). JSC Ukrtelecom. Retrieved 2011-02-25.
  3. ^ "Austria's EPIC buys Ukraine's Ukrtelecom". Reuters. June 5, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "The court took Ukrtelecom from Akhmetov and returned to the state" (in Ukrainian). Glavcom. October 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Ukrtelecom". Point Topic. December 16, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
  6. ^ Yablonskyi, Stanislav (2009-08-19). "Ukrtelecom Changes Image". Delo (in Russian). Retrieved 2009-12-17.
  7. ^ "Government plans to put Ukrtelecom for privatization in March". UNIAN. February 4, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2009.
  8. ^ (in Russian) "Dilo" (October 13, 2010)
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