Belarusian national PTO Beltelecom reportedly plans to launch a digital terrestrial television (DTT) service before the end of 2010, BroadbandTV news reports, quoting its deputy director Gennady Melnikov as saying. According to the Beltelecom official, the service marks the incumbent’s next step in its development of a commercial IPTV offering. Melnikov went on to say that 80% of people living in rural areas and 15% of the population as a whole are potential DTT users. At launch Beltelecom’s new service, dubbed ‘Zala’, will cover 60% of the country and offer a bouquet of 30 TV channels. By 2015 the telco hopes to have boosted DTT coverage to 95% of the population.
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