Belarusian national PTO Beltelecom closed out last year with a total of 2.044 fixed internet subscribers, according to an unconfirmed report from Telecompaper. The telco connected 160,000 net new users to its Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Networks (GPON) services last year, boosting the total to 290,000 – a figure which TeleGeography reported had grown to 300,000 by 27th January. The technology supports ultra-high speed connections of up to 1Gbps and is capable of delivering triple-play services of television, broadband access and voice telephony on a single cable. Work on the rollout of GPON infrastructure began in the capital Minsk in 2011 and the fibre-optic technology is now being deployed in regional and district centres where Beltelecom is upgrading its networks.
Beltelecom also divulged that the operator’s international gateway totalled 770Gbps at 31 December 2014, and that it deployed over 150,000 new Wi-Fi hotspots across the country last year. The PTO now operates more than 300,000 hotspots in Belarus, of which 75,600 are in the capital Minsk.