Belarusian state-owned national telecoms service provider Beltelecom has revealed details of its expansion works in 2020, highlighting that as the construction of fibre-optic communication lines (FOCL) based on GPON technology continued, the number of active GPON broadband subscribers increased by a net 155,500 to reach 2.74 million. Further, having deployed 5,912km of FOCLs in 2020, the company confirmed that by the year end, the number of subscribers to its IMS platform reached 3.61 million and ZALA television (IPTV) subscribers topped 2.44 million.
Beltelecom, which marked its 25th anniversary as a republican unitary enterprise last year, said that ongoing FOCL deployments mean that to date, it has rolled out fibre to 56% of settlements of more than 50 households, while also continuing to target regional centres and cities with more than 80,000 inhabitants. Further, in 2020 the operator says it successfully tested 5G technology in a new network in two areas allowing it to ‘investigate all aspects of the implementation of 5G in real conditions of urban infrastructure and rural areas, to assess the potential in the industrial and subscriber segments’. It stopped short of providing a timetable for commercial launch.