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velcom completes 3G modernisation programme

23 Jan 2017

Mobile Digital Communications (MDC), which trades in Belarus as velcom, has announced the completion of its 3G mobile network modernisation programme, and notes that as a result, mobile internet is now ‘available everywhere’ in the country. The Telekom Austria Group-owned unit confirmed the deployment of its 3,201st base transceiver stations (BTS) last week, marking the culmination of its single largest network investment in the last ten years, in which time it has more than doubled network capacity and extended coverage to 94.5% of the territory where 99% of the population lives.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2016 velcom announced its most recent 3G service expansion, boosting its 3G coverage in the Grodno region to 98.8%, making W-CDMA services available to virtually all residents in the area. The cellco deployed 350 BTS there to increase 3G coverage from 60.2% to 98.8%, in turn making mobile internet and HD voice call services available to almost every city, town and village. velcom is focusing on the deployment of UMTS at 900MHz in the areas of Grodno, Lida and Smorgon districts, it says, with the most recent works encompassing more than 60 rural villages. At that date, more than 80% of the territory of the Republic of Belarus was served by velcom’s 3G network, with some areas in the regions of Mogilev and Vitebsk still without coverage.

Belarus, A1 Belarus

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