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Ukrposhta plans to cover 100% of settlements with digital services by late 2022

KYIV. Sept 14 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrposhta, as part of its 100% automation strategy, plans to automate all branches in villages with a population of more than 1,200 inhabitants in the coming year and complete the implementation of the mobile branch project in the most remote places of the country.

As it was reported during a presentation of a final stage of a project of postal operator’s mobile branches in Kyiv on Tuesday, for this Ukrposhta will install about 1,300 computers and launch almost 1,800 mobile branches in 17 regions, covering entire Ukraine. Thus, by the end of 2022, more than 10 million people will have access to digital services for the first time.

"Today we are starting the national project to fully automate digital services throughout the country, even where mobile communications does not work. Our goal is to close the country’s digital perimeter on December 31, 2022," CEO of Ukrposhta Igor Smelyansky said during the presentation.

It is planned that in 2021 more than 800 mobile branches will operate in Volyn, Donetsk, Luhansk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Mykolaiv, Kirovohrad, Sumy and Rivne regions. Partially in Khmelnytsky, Dnipropetrovsk, Kharkiv, Ternopil, Zaporizhia and Zhytomyr regions. In 2022, the company plans to launch about 1,000 more mobile branches. Ukrposhta intends to provide all postmen of mobile branches with new "3 in 1" terminals to improve customer service and streamline reporting processes.

The project is financed by the postal operator’s own resources, as well as by credit funds from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The corresponding agreement was signed in November 2020 and provides for an investment of EUR 33 million for the purchase and equipping of vehicles for mobile branches. The additional automation of stationary rural branches and the purchase of mobile terminals for mobile branches, as well as the integration of new IT systems will cost the company about EUR 20 million more. All these expenses are covered by Ukrposhta from its own profit, the company said.

The purchase of vehicles for the implementation of the last stage of Ukrposhta mobile branch project was carried out through ProZorro. The company purchased the base car at a price 21.3% lower than the market one (retail price of Citroen Berlingo L2 "worker" is UAH 572,700 as of March 2021). The cost of a full-fledged retrofitted mobile branch amounted to UAH 679,400.

The project of mobile branches started in 2018 in Chernihiv region with 130 vehicles. In 2020, some 500 cars started operating in six more regions: Kyiv, Odesa, Kherson, Chernivtsi, Zakarpattia and Cherkasy.