By the end of this year, Belarusian mobile network operators (MNOs) Mobile Digital Communications (velcom) and MTS Belarus intend to have boosted 900MHz-based 3G coverage to 97% of the country’s territory. The announcement was made by Dmitry Korzun, head of the department of radio spectrum and orbital frequency resources within the Ministry of Communications, during the ‘TIBO-2016’ exhibition, who noted that, as it stands, the pair have deployed UMTS-900 to 53%-54% of the Republic. Further, Mr Korzun confirmed that whilst the third operator Belarusian Telecommunications Network (BeST life:)) has yet to launch a 900MHz 3G service, it is keen to redress this shortcoming. ‘They, too, can get permission to use the standard UMTS-900 tomorrow [if they wish], but we are working on the application principle,’ he explained. MTS and velcom received permission to operate UMTS-900 services from the State Commission for Radio Frequencies in December last year.