Belarusian Telecommunications Network (BeST, life:)), the mobile operator 80%-owned by Turkish telecoms company Turkcell, has extended its 4G LTE footprint with the launch of services in Gomel, Mozyr, Kalinkovichi and Dobrush. The cellco says that its new tariffs give residents of these cities 50GB of data, while bonus traffic can be spent on sites such as Facebook and VKontakte.
life:) launched its commercial LTE network in the capital Minsk in August 2016, joining mobile market leader MTS Belarus, which kicked off its commercial offering in December 2015, offering a one-month free trial of the new data service to encourage take-up. In March this year, meanwhile, it launched 4G services in eleven new areas, namely: Vitebsk, Grodno, Polotsk, Novopolotsk, Lida, Dzerzhinsk, Stolbtsy, Staiki village, Borovlyany village, Machulishchi village and Obchak village. In addition, the cellco extended 4G availability for customers in Minsk and Minsk region, and in Molodechno.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that LTE infrastructure provider Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud) is responsible for rolling out a common 4G network that can be used by life:) and its two competitors, MTS Belarus and velcom.