Belarusian Telecommunications Network (BeST, life:)), an 80%-owned subsidiary of Turkey’s Turkcell, has confirmed that it has expanded its 4G coverage with the launch of services using 176 new base transceiver stations (BTS) in 32 locations across Belarus. The cellco’s press release notes that the new BTS have been switched on in Minsk, Grodno, Vitebsk, Gomel, Orsha, Polotsk, Novopolotsk, Soligorsk, Borisov, Uzden, Tolochinsky, Beshenkovichi, Slutsk, Dubrovensky and Postavy districts. Further, it says that the switch-on – which utilises the systems being deployed by national wholesale infrastructure provider BeCloud Technologies (beCloud), which is tasked by the government to roll out a communal 4G network – has resulted in a significant increase in the number of LTE base stations on-air in Zhodino, Borisov, Polotsk and Novopolotsk. Soligorsk, Molodechno, Dzerzhinsk, Columns, Kolodishchi, Tarasovo, Maryina Gorka, Glubokoe, Nesvizh, Slutsk, Borovaya (Minsk region), Starye Dorogi, Gorodok, Bolbasovo (Orsha district) and Sloboda. The locations were chosen based on subscriber demand and download trends, and in order to increase data transfer speeds and improve the quality of internet connections, it said. With 4G usage growing on a daily basis in the cities where it is available, life:) now plans to focus on bolstering the availability of 4G in the regions.