Donetsk, Jan 29 – DAN. DPR Phoenix mobile operator Phoenix in January 2018 added almost the same number of customer as in 2017, nearly 300,000, the minster of communications Viktor Yatsenko said.

"300 thousand people joined the Phoenix network in January 2018," he said while in 2017 the operator added 350,000 customers.

On January 11, the DPR was cut off from the last Ukrainian mobile carrier MTS-Ukraine (Vodafone) services after an emergency disconnection of communication channel outside Elenovka, leaving the Phoenix operator the only provider of mobile call service. Sales of DPR Phoenix mobile operator starter kits grew immediately. The Ministry of Communications said that it would take up to a month to restore mobile services.*ot