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Belarus government: 5G plans will be developed in H1 2019

27 Jan 2017

The Republic of Belarus plans to begin developing the implementation of fifth-generation mobile services starting from the first half of 2019, in line with measures set down in the ‘Programme of Socio-Economic development of Belarus, 2016-2020’, as approved by the Council of Ministers. reports that as part of the government’s five-year policy programme, moves to realise commercial 5G services will take into account the adoption of the preferred standard agreed upon by the ITU – currently pending – but targets data speeds of up to 7Gbps in the long term. In addition, the country is also planning to develop its fibre infrastructure, and targets rollout of some 10,000km of fibre-optic lines direct to the consumer, over the course of the policy programme.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in December 2016 mobile infrastructure operator Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud) – which owns a 15-year licence to operate 4G LTE infrastructure in the 1710MHz-1730MHz/1805MHz-1825MHz and 2530MHz-2565MHz/2650MHz-2685MHz bands – announced that it is doing all it can to ensure that 5G technology starts being rolled out in Belarus from 2017, and to that end is working with a number of vendors to provide the necessary equipment for initial testing of 5G from this year.

Belarus, Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud)

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