Donetsk, Jan 22 – DAN. DPR mobile carrier Phoenix has sold 170,000 SIM cards since January this year, said the minister of communications Viktor Yatsenko.

"In January, 170,000 Phoenix SIM cards were sold," he said.

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. DDoS attacks on the carrier’s network have been reported as well as technical failures due to a dramatically growing number of customers. To fix the glitches, 30 base stations, previously belonging to Lifecell operator, have been connected to the Phoenix network. *ot