In Ukraine Internet service providers are going to protest against the monopoly position of energy companies. For common network users this will result as the absence of the Internet on February 3, 11, 12 and 20 this year.
The Internet providers believe that the energy companies without any grounds demand too high rental for the poles where are placed devices providing 3G and 4G connections. For one pole in Kharkiv, Internet providers have to pay 30 hryvnias and for proper communication the equipment should be placed every 150 meters. As a result, monthly price of a rental is stratospheric.
“On the market appeared 3G and 4G connections. This means that to implement them every 100-200 meters should be located devices with the Internet and power to ensure connection. To solve this problem is possible to place the base on the poles analogic to street lights. Therefore, Internet providers have to cooperate with owners of the poles. That is, energy holders who grossly abuse their monopoly position,” explained the director of the Internet Service Provider “Pavlobor” Vladimir Padyukov.
The antimonopoly committee of the country did not respond to the complaints so it was decided to hold a warning action of disconnection. On February 3 the Internet will be disconnected throughout Ukraine for 1 hour, on February 11 and 12 as well. On February 20 Internet operators will appeal to the President and also disconnect from Internet for 1 hour.