As part of the joint initiative of the Lviv IT Cluster and the SpaceX division, the Cluster, supported by USAID, purchased and delivered the second batch of Starlink terminals for the Ivano-Frankivsk Regional Military Administration.
This time, the region has received five Starlink terminals. In total, it now has 15 terminals. 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.
“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.
From the first day of the war, the community provided the most important institutions of the western regions of Ukraine with 400 Starlink terminals. U.S. Agency for International Development supported the purchase of the second batch of the terminals.
“The purchase of Starlink terminals was one of the initiatives that USAID started at the beginning of spring. I’m glad that we finally successfully completed it. I really hope that this will strengthen the critical infrastructure not only of Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv regions, but also of other regions. After all, providing critical infrastructure with a backup connection is extremely important,” adds Natalia Petrova, project manager, USAID Office of Economic Growth.
Lviv IT Cluster expresses gratitude to all member companies of the community and the U.S. Agency for International Development for their active participation in the project implementation to purchase Starlink terminals to meet the critical infrastructure needs of Ukraine’s western regions.