In March 2022, the Lviv IT Cluster and the SpaceX division launched a joint initiative to provide the critical infrastructure of western regions of Ukraine with a backup source of internet supply. During this time, the Cluster community purchased and transferred 400 Starlink terminals for the needs of the critical infrastructure of the western regions of Ukraine.
Starlink for the needs of Lviv region
The first batch of Starlink terminals (a total of 25 terminals) was transfered to Lviv Regional Military Administration in March. Strategically important enterprises and institutions – communal services, medical institutions, rescue services, security services, etc. received the terminals.
USAID joined the purchase of the second batch of terminals. During this transfer, the region received another 40 Starlinks.
“We are glad to help. Access to backup communications is vital in times of war. Therefore, critical infrastructure must have such a connection. Terminals were purchased by members of our community and our international partners. I am very grateful to all parties and the USAID for their active involvement,” says Stepan Veselovskyi, CEO of the Lviv IT Cluster.
Strengthening of the critical infrastructure of Zakarpattia region
Zakarpattia region received the first Starlink terminals, a total of 10, at the end of March. At that time, many companies of the Lviv IT Cluster relocated to this region, so it was important that the region has backup internet connectio. The second transfer took place in August – the region received 5 more Starlink terminals. During the distribution of backup communication means, important objects of critical infrastructure, which, if necessary, will be able to work in autonomous mode through the terminal were taken into account.
15 Starlink terminals for Ivano-Frankivsk region
During the terminal allocation, it was vital to ensure that critical infrastructure receive backup communications: in particular, these are medical and educational institutions, TV channels.
“I want to thank our colleagues for this delivery. It will enable us to technically strengthen our institutions that receive a large number of internally displaced people. The Prykarpattia region has become a refuge for more than 145,000 people. In particular, we host many people from socially vulnerable sectors of the population, so the social sphere must be protected. I also thank USAID for participating in the purchase of this batch of terminals. I hope that we will continue to strengthen our cooperation,” says Svitlana Onyshchuk, head of the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Military Administration.
Provision of critical infrastructure in the Volyn region
Representatives of the Lviv IT Cluster handed over five Starlink terminals to Volyn Regional Military Administration for critical infrastructure facilities in the region, stressing that in the conditions of martial law, it is extremely important for medics, rescuers and soldiers to have a backup connection.
“State authorities purchase these devices to provide connectivity for critical infrastructure in war-torn or active combat areas. We, as an active community, have taken on the mission of securing the rear. Reliable communication here is very important for our victory,” adds Yuriy Ohonovskyi, Deputy CEO of the Lviv IT Cluster.
Uninterrupted and reliable internet connection is key to business existence, further development of the IT industry in Ukraine, and timely fulfillment of obligations to foreign customers. Attracting such an innovative solution to Ukraine and directly cooperating with the leader of the tech industry, SpaceX, gives credibility to the international business community regarding doing business with Ukrainian companies.
In addition, Starlink terminials were received by the Air Command “West” of the Air Force of Ukraine. This helped increase the effectiveness of the air defense of 7 western regions by 40%.