Author: Mikhail Doroshevich
According to Sergei Rudnev, Ministry of Communications Informatization Department leading expert, the year of 2004 showed a record 50% increase of the number of Internet users in Belarus (2 461 093 users by the end of 2004, compared to 1 627 048 in 2003). The average annual increase of the number of users is some 30%.
Beltelecom data communications network consists of some 16 000 ports. Internet access points operate in 40 of 118 local centers, and it is planned to put into operation 73 more by the end of 2005.
Beltelecom is developing broadband Internet access services. By now some 1 000 people use ADSL Internet access. There are plans to put into operation up to 18 000 ADSL ports by the end of 2006.
Yri Galiakevicz , chief of Beltelecom Data Transmission Department announced that RSA Beltelecom is planning two times increase of its outer channel capacity: from 465 up to 935 Mbit/sec.
According to Galiakevich, one of the three operating STM-1(155 Mbit/sec) channels will be replaced by STM-4 (625Mbit/s).
The information was announced at the press-conference on Internet Growth in Belarus 2005 which took place in Minsk on September 29, 2005.
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