MTS Belarus, part of the Russian Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) group, says that its 4G LTE services are now available in all regional centres of the Grodno region. The cellco – which is working in partnership with the country’s sole 4G infrastructure provider Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud) – says that a total of 66 new base stations have now been deployed in the region, blanketing users in Grodno’s main urban areas. The latest expansion builds on work begun in 2017 in the city of Grodno itself, and in 2017, when beCloud began installing LTE equipment in Lida, Bolshaya Berestovitsa, Volkovysk, Korelichi, Mosty, Ostrovets, Smorgon and Shchuchin, and then all other regional centres of the Grodno region.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, MTS and beCloud have embarked on an aggressive 4G rollout programme with a view to providing connectivity to ‘practically all regions of Belarus’ by the end of this year. Only last month, MTS Belarus switched on 4G LTE services in eleven additional towns and cities in Minsk and Gomel regions, and confirmed that more than 150 base stations were switched on in Popovici, Skurati, Sukhoruky, Kopishche, Tabori, Bogatyrevo, Malaya Volovshchina, Aksakovschina, Polevaya, Loshany (all Minsk region) and Bragin in Gomel region. At that date, LTE-based services were available in more than 170 towns/cities across the country via 587 base stations, it said.