Belarusian national PTO Beltelecom has selected ZTE Corporation of China to design and build a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network based on Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology. The new project is designed to form a key component of the telco’s aim to roll out a high speed broadband network spanning the entire country. Installed in multiple phases, the first stage will cover the Republic’s seven administrative regions, including the capital Minsk. Subsequent phases will include expansion into other areas and once completed the new FTTH network should deliver data, video-based services and HDTV, as well as other broadband applications, such as distance learning services and telemedicine.
Earlier this month CommsUpdate reported Beltelecom as saying it has completed upgrade works on its ZALA-branded IPTV service, extending support into regional centres. At the time the operator said the decision to deploy its IPTV platform in its regional data centres would reduce the load on its data transmission network when processing individual (i.e. unicast) requests for services from users. By moving the IPTV platform further from the central hub, Beltelecom’s regional networks will be better able to deliver video-on-demand, time shift TV and other IPTV interactive functions to meet future demand. Broadcast of TV channels in real time mode (i.e. multicast) will still be provided by the main platform, it said. Beltelecom has 290,000 ZALA subscribers, including more than 20,000 in the capital and the remainder in regional centres. Beltelecom launched its first IPTV service in 2008 before rebranding it ZALA a year later.