By the end of 2016 LTE technology will be launched in commercial operation in all regional centers of Belarus, beCloud, Belarusian 4G operator, told the media on 14 December.
In January 2015 high-speed mobile Internet will be available to users in over 40 cities and towns.
Coverage of 75% of urban population
Starting 23 December 4G will be launched in Gomel, Brest, Vitebsk, Mogilev and Grodno, and expanded in the suburbs of Minsk.
In January 2017 LTE will be operating in more than 30 districts of Belarus, including Borisov, Bobruisk, Molodechno, Baranovichi, Soligorsk, Pinsk, Kobrin, Pruzhany, Lida, Mozyr, Dobrush, Orsha, Polotsk and Novopolotsk, and others.
At first 4G connection in the regions will be available only to MTS subscribers, but beCloud is now negotiating with life :), the company said.
So, in the beginning of next year, 4G will become available to over 5.5 mln Belarusians, or 75% of the urban population. There are plans to cover all densely-populated cities with LTE by the end of 2017.
The maximum speed in the 4G network may reach up to 150 Mbps (the mean value in Minsk is 25 Mbps). According to beCloud, compared with the capital, the average speed of LTE in other regions of Belarus may rise up to 30-35 Mbps in the first few months of the launch.
5G tests and Internet in metro
In addition to 4G spread, beCloud intends to proceed with the development of 5G network, that can provide connection at 1 Gbps and higher. The company plans to explore 5G and develop technical requirements to this standard together with the leading telecommunication vendors.
While 4G is now available to the subscribers of two of the three mobile providers, beCloud is now in talks with velcom to make LTE Advanced available to its subscribers as well.
What concerns 4G availability in Minsk metro, beCloud is working on the issue with mobile providers: “The introduction of LTE in the underground is one of the most discussed topics in professional circles right now. We are discussing implementation of this project with mobile operators.”