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Belarus Mobile Users, April 01, 2010 Belarus Mobile Users, April 01, 2010

MTS launches 3.5G network for 39% of Belarusians


According to TeleGeography MTS Belarus yesterday launched commercial 3G/3.5G mobile services covering all regional centres of the country and 39% of the population.

The cellco simultaneously launched several new products for handset and laptop users to take advantage of the new network, and revealed plans to expand its W-CDMA/HSDPA/HSPA+ coverage to 18 towns and cities with more than 50,000 residents by the end of this year, as well as across additional suburbs of the capital Minsk. It aims to cover all municipal centres by mid-2011. According to the cellco's website, MTS's 3G network supports HSPA+ data rates up to 21.6Mbps, and it is offering a range of 3G internet packages for USB dongle users, with an offer for existing data service users to exchange their 2.5G EDGE modems for a new 3G model, for a nominal fee until the end of October 2010. MTS Belarus also offers video calling and has launched its own-branded smartphone, 'MTS Android', with HSDPA 7.2Mbps capability. Also on 1 September MTS's mobile television service received an upgrade to become available on the new 3G network. At the same date an unlimited monthly web browsing package for 3G/3.5G mobile handset users was launched, 'Unlimited Internet with Opera Mini'. It has also introduced specialised 3G/Wi-Fi routers targeted at small and medium businesses. According to TeleGeography's GlobalComms Database, MTS Belarus is the largest mobile operator in the country, recording 4.6 million subscribers at the end of June 2010 and a 44.6% share of the market.

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