The Ministry of Communications and Informatisation (MoCI) in Belarus has published its latest market data for the three months ended 30 September 2013, showing that the total number of mobile phones registered in the country topped 10.94 million at that date. According to the MoCI cellular penetration reached 115.6% at that date, as the number of SIM cards in circulation eclipsed the number of people in the country by close to half a million. In addition, the ministry reports that domestic mobile network operators have rolled out cellular services to 99.8% of the population and 98.4% of the territory of the Republic of Belarus, while the number of base transceiver stations (BTS) now stands at 16,200 – including 5,200 UMTS-enabled BTS. The MoCI says that in the first nine months of this year, mobile subscribers sent more than 1.14 billion short text messages (SMS), or an average of 11.5 million SMS-messages each month, while multimedia messages (MMS) topped 6.3 million in 9M13.
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