beCloud, A1 launch LTE-800 services in rural Vitebsk; MTS mirrors move

22 Sep 2021

Belarusian infrastructure operator beCloud and mobile services provider A1 Belarus have collaborated to expand coverage of 4G LTE in the Vitebsk region by ‘almost seven times’, blanketing more than 5,200 settlements in the process. In a press release, beCloud confirmed that mobile internet services using LTE-800 technology are now available in more than 75% of the region’s territory, including rural areas where more than 98% of its population lives. During the deployment, more than 200 base stations operating in the 800MHz band were installed in the region to provide wide geographical coverage and reliable signal reception in rural areas.

Meanwhile, rival operator MTS Belarus, which also uses beCloud’s infrastructure to deliver 4G LTE to its customers, has also started providing LTE services on the 800MHz band in the Vitebsk region, reportedly expanding its coverage ‘significantly’.