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05 May 2017, 18:39

LTE mobile communication services now available to 60% of Belarus population

MINSK, 5 May (BelTA) – As many as 60% of the country's population can now use LTE-compliant mobile communication services, BelTA learned from the website of the Belarusian Communications and Informatization Ministry after the latest session of the Ministry's board, which focused on the telecommunication industry's performance in Q1 2017.

According to the source, LTE-compliant services are now available in Minsk, all the other oblast capitals of Belarus as well as major district capitals.

The hardware and software parameters of the IMS-powered fixed telephony platform have been upgraded. As a result, over 148,000 new subscribers have been connected via IMS, raising their total number to 1.960 million.

The modernization and development of data networks with transition to modern data transfer technologies, the construction of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks now allow Belarusian Internet service providers to provide households with Internet access speeds of up to 100Mbps.

The total number of fixed broadband Internet access subscribers has increased by 20,000 to exceed 3 million.

The number of subscribers, who access the Internet using the GPON technology, has increased by 140,000 to 1.230 million.

The total bandwidth of the country's international Internet access channels has increased by 10Gbps to 1.1Tbps. The bandwidth will be increased later on to match demand.

The number of IPTV service subscribers has increased by 35,000 to 1.5 million. As of 1 April the total number of mobile communication service subscribers in Belarus stood at 11.4 million.

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