The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has approved a grant of €4.5 million to maintain Ukraine’s internet access via its national postal service, Ukrposhta, even in remote rural areas.
The grant will support Ukrposhta in buying satellite internet devices and power generators to provide reliable internet connection and mobile charging points across the company’s postal network, the largest in the country. The project will cover 1,700 post offices in more than 450 cities and towns.
Ukrposhta will top up the EBRD’s €4.5 million with an additional €1.5 million of its own funds for this project, to buy more equipment, including heating stoves, wifi routers and lighting equipment.
The new system will not rely on Ukraine’s national power grid, which has been under constant attack from Russia since the autumn, leading to widespread power cuts. This means that Ukraine’s post offices – even in remote and rural areas – will be able to serve as points of reference for the local population, the EBRD explained.
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