Mobile network operator (MNO) MTS Belarus has expanded the reach of its in-deployment 4G LTE network to the cities of Baranovichi and Navapolatsk, as well as blanketing the Olympic Republican Centre at Stayki, the so-called ‘free economic zone’ in settlements around Obchak village. As a result of the latest deployment, the MNO says its 4G network now serves almost 30 cities and towns, including the capital Minsk and settlements in the Minsk region (such as Minsk international airport and the industrial park at Velikiy-Kamen), all regional centres, and the towns of Dobrush, Molodechno, Smolevichi and Shklov. Going forward, MTS Belarus intends to expand coverage to another 20 or so towns and cities, including such regional centres as Bobruisk, Borisov, Dzerzhinsk, Kobrin, Lida, Mozyr, Orsha, Pinsk, Polotsk, Soligorsk and others.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database reports that MTS launched its LTE network in December 2015 in partnership with infrastructure provider 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. The cellco’s 4G service promises to deliver peak speeds of up to 112Mbps (downlink), eclipsing the former premium rate of 42.2Mbps offered on its DC-HSPA+ 3.5G system. In November 2016 it claimed that residents in major regional centres such as Brest, Vitebsk, Grodno, Gomel and Mogilev, serving 75% of the urban population, would have access to LTE by the year end.