Belarusian mobile operator MTS Belarus has reportedly been allocated a fourth mobile radio frequency (RF) channel (of 5MHz) to boost its 3G/3G+ mobile bandwidth capabilities, ahead of the country hosting the upcoming World Hockey Championship, due to be held in the capital Minsk in May. Further, at a meeting attended by its CEO Vladimir Karpovich, MTS Belarus confirmed its intentions to hold on to the fourth carrier frequency permanently at all base transceiver stations (BTS) after the event. Retaining the fourth RF channel for 3G is intended to help the cellco increase its data transmission speeds to a maximum of 42Mbps.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in February 2013 MTS Belarus switched on its third 3G/3G+ frequency channel in the country, to help increase throughput capacity on its W-CDMA networks. At that time the 5MHz of additional frequencies in the 2100MHz band were used via 500 BTS around the Republic, covering areas of high traffic to improve capacity and coverage. The additional frequencies are needed as the cellco is close to full utilisation of its second carrier channel in urban areas.
In a separate development, MTS Belarus reported at the start of this month that it has extended the coverage of its Ethernet fixed internet service in the country and connected a further 560 new residential custoemrs for a total of 1,070. So far this year, MTS Belarus has increased its Ethernet coverage in the metropolitan districts of Brilevichi, Dombrovka West, Green Meadow, Stone Hill, Loshitsa, Michałowo, Serebryanka Sukharava Uruchcha and Southwest Minsk. Meanwhile, it connected a number of other districts in Brest, Vostok, Vitebsk, Mogilev, Grodno and Gomel.