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Beltelecom signs up 800,000th GPON subscriber

22 Jun 2016

Beltelecom, the Belarusian state-owned fixed line and broadband operator, has connected its 800,000th fibre-optic Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) subscriber – noting that the milestone was reached in the city of Novolukomi in Chashniki district. The operator’s GPON technology allows users to connect several devices to its IPTV service ZALA, as well as providing a ten-fold increase in data speeds for the end user’s byfly broadband service.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, Beltelecom is aggressively pushing its GPON deployment, and in February this year said it was embarking on a four-year network transformation plan to migrate its entire Minsk customer base from copper wire to fibre. At the time, the director of the firm’s Minsk City Telephone Network division, Edward Belokurskogo, confirmed that by 2020 all subscribers in the capital will be connected via fibre-optic cabling. Belokurskogo notes that Beltelecom has been upgrading its PSTN with GPON technology since 2011 and had 130,000 subscribers by the start of this year. Further, the operator has also been actively expanding its public Wi-Fi network in Minsk and now boats 952,000 points of access and a further 99,000 via modems installed in subscribers’ homes.

Belarus, Beltelecom

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