The Belarusian Ministry of Communications and Informatisation (Minsvyazi) has provided a brief update on ongoing technological developments in the country, noting that LTE services are now available to 60% of the population, following expansion works in the first quarter of the year. In the report, Minsvyazi confirmed that 4G network coverage had been extended to all regional centres, large cities, and to all inhabitants in the capital, Minsk. Onliner.by quotes the ministry as confirming that by end-March 2017 the total number of people subscribed to cellular mobile services (including smartphones, tablets etc.) reached 11.4 million, while the total number of fixed broadband internet access connections increased by a net 20,000 in 1Q17 to over three million. In addition, the total number of GPON fibre broadband subscribers increased to 1.2 million, a net increase of 140,000, and international bandwidth internet capacity rose to 1.110Tbps.