BelTA News Agency reports that Belarus’ Operational and Analytical Center (OAC, a body working under the Office of the President), wholesale 4G infrastructure operator Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud) and the Turkish telecommunications giant Turkcell have held strategic talks concerning the development of 4G and 5G services in Belarus. One area under discussion centred on boosting mutual cooperation between Belarus and Turkey in the field of telecommunications, information technology (IT) and investments in IT, as well as the prospects for beCloud and Turkcell – which owns an 80% stake in the country’s third largest mobile operator Belarusian Telecommunications Network (BeST, life:)) – to work together in future.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in May this year beCloud announced the successful deployment of more than 1,000 4G LTE base stations across the Republic, some two and a half years after it began the rollout. The network passed 100 towns/cities by end-2017, and beCloud set a goal to ‘almost double’ the total number of LTE base stations in full-year 2018. Belarusian cellcos MTS Belarus, VELCOM and BeST (life:)) operate LTE services via the beCloud network.