MTS Belarus reported strong growth in mobile internet traffic in 2020, as consumption surged 43.6% when compared to the previous twelve-month period on the back of a 56.5% increase in the number of smartphones on its network. The mobile network operator (MNO) noted that the rapid expansion of its 4G network last year – it increased the number of on-air cell sites by a fifth – helped drive subscriber take-up and saw it close out December 2020 with 5.7 million users on its books. In 2020, MTS began using the new LTE-800 band in the Gomel region making it possible to provide high speed communications to wider areas, including suburbs, remote villages, and highways. As a result, the coverage of the territory by the 4G network in the Gomel region is comparable to the coverage of 3G, it said. The next stage of the project is to provide 4G communication using LTE-800 technology for the entire territory of Mogilev, Minsk and Vitebsk regions. Today, MTS’ mobile signal covers more than 98% of the country’s territory, where 99.90% of the population lives. It also tested a 5G standalone (SA) network last year with tests achieving speeds of 1.472Gbps, while in the B2B segment the MNO reported increased activity around cloud solutions, the revenue from which quadrupled in 2020.