A crisis can be extraordinarily profitable for communications providers as people only want to hear from their loved ones, and stop caring about the cost. But instead of cashing in on the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian military, telcos around the world have chosen to make it free for customers to call Ukrainians and roam within the country. Here is a list of some of the telcos that are keeping ordinary Ukrainians connected to the rest of the world.
Bad leaders want to block communications and separate people to make it easier to control them. The government of Russia is once again actively interfering with social media to stop the truth of the invasion reaching ordinary Russians. Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continues to post videos taken in Kyiv (pictured), disputing the lies of Russian state media who said Zelenskyy fled the country. Zelenskyy displays more dignity during a few minutes of recording himself with a smartphone than Vladimir Putin has known throughout his twisted and deceitful life. If we want to live in a world where peace triumphs over war then we must keep the lines of communication open.
Zelenskyy’s bravery has earned him admirers around the world. There are also some good business leaders who have shown that they care about bringing people together. Employees can feel proud to work for the telcos named below.
The following list is ordered by country and based on announcements made on social media or on corporate websites. I want to avoid third party reports because they may be unreliable and because it is the responsibility of telcos to communicate their costs clearly, especially at a time when customers are in distress and need reassurance. Send me links to other relevant posts found on official corporate channels and I will keep adding to this list.