The agreement is designed to help restore broadband internet in Ukraine and support the country’s development of communications infrastructure, including 5G.
Latvia’s Ministry of Transportation and Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation signed the agreement at the 5G Techritory event in Riga, Latvia on Wednesday.
The pair claim that there has already been $2 billion worth of damage done to Ukraine’s ICT infrastructure since the Russian invasion. They propose that necessary rebuilding efforts should be viewed as an opportunity to develop state-of-the-art ICT infrastructure that can also be integrated into European systems. This is also viewed as a way of enhancing Ukraine’s integration with Europe and therefore strengthening cooperation and collaboration opportunities.
“Ukraine needs more innovations to stay resilient and keep the pace of the world. In particular, launching 5G,” says Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov. “We will jointly work on the rebuilding of the broadband infrastructure, supporting Ukrainian mobile operators, and speeding up the 5G launch in Ukraine. Great that we can have Latvian expertise on EU regulations and experience on pioneering public 5G network.”