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Belarus's government and telecom regulator have in place three programs running through to 2020 which are aimed at developing the telecom sector and digital economy. Considerable progress has been made, in particular with enabling the mobile network operators to trial 5G services and with extending the reach of fibre infrastructure.

These programs were initiated while the country experienced declining economic growth (in 2015 and 2016) and formed part of wider efforts to secure economic growth through promoting the digital economy and developing the ICT sector. Such considerations have also encompassed a growing interest in applications relevant for smart cities.

There remain many opportunities for growth in coming years, particularly in the broadband segment where the incumbent telco Beltelecom is migrating its PSTN network to a fibre-based network. This will better position the company to offer a range of bundled services. Although the sector has been reformed, this has not yet resulted in the privatisation of the incumbent despite the government being pressed to sell state enterprises in a bid to reduce overall debt. Revenue growth for Beltelecom is expected to come from the FttP sector, where much of the company's capex is directed.

The mobile sector has also experienced some growth, with a rise in mobile penetration attributed to effective competition which has helped drive down consumer prices. Operators have concentrated on developing mobile broadband and data services with a view to capitalising on such services to increase ARPU. Recent spectrum auctions have facilitated the development of mobile broadband access, particularly in rural areas, while the state-sponsored operator beCloud, charged with developing a wholesale-based LTE network, has enabled commercial LTE services to be extended to about 80% of the population. beCloud is also charged with developing the network infrastructure to support 5G services.

In early 2015 the government decreed that the 1.5% tax on revenue derived from telcos (which was put in place in 2007) should be channelled to developing universal telecom services, particularly aimed at rural areas. In mid-2016 the cash-strapped government increased the tax on all telecom services from 20% to 25%, while a Google tax' was imposed from the beginning of 2018.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

VELCOM rebrands as A1;

Regulator considering end to roaming charges with Eastern Partnership Initiative countries by 2020;

A1 Belarus launches an NB-IoT service, begins deploying GPON networks;

beCloud and Huawei 5G trials deliver data at 2Gb/s;

Google tax raises Br15 million in its first year;

Beltelecom closes down its dial-up internet and WiMAX services;

Belarus having almost 31,000 base stations in service by March 2019;

Beltelecom completes almost two million GPON connections;

LTE use reaches 80% of mobile subscribers;

Report update includes the Ministry of Communications data to March 2019, operator data to Q1 2019, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Beltelecom, Cosmos TV, Minsk TV and Information Networks (MTIS), Teleradio, Belcel, A1 Belarus (MDC), MTS Belarus, BeST life:)

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Table Of Content

Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

5 Regulatory environment

5.1 Historic overview

5.2 Regulatory authority

5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation

5.4 Privatisation

5.5 Interconnection

5.6 Access

6 Fixed network operators

6.1 Beltelecom

6.2 Alternative Digital Network (ADN)

7 Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 Overview of the national telecom network

7.2 International infrastructure

7.3 Smart infrastructure

8 Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Market analysis

8.2 Broadband statistics

8.3 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies

9 Digital economy

9.1 E-commerce

9.2 E-government

10 Mobile market

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Regulatory issues

10.4 Mobile infrastructure

10.5 Major mobile operators

10.6 Mobile content and applications

11 Glossary of abbreviations

12 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Belarus 2018

Table 2 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010-2019

Table 3 International internet bandwidth 2009-2018

Table 4 Fixed-line and mobile internet subscribers, penetration 2007 2018

Table 5 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2009-2019

Table 6 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 7 Ethernet lines by data rate 2017-2019

Table 8 DOCSIS lines by data rate 2017-2019

Table 9 DSL subscribers 2009-2019

Table 10 DSL lines by data rate 2017-2019

Table 11 A1 Belarus fixed-line subscribers 2016-2019

Table 12 Fibre broadband subscribers 2011-2019

Table 13 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010-2019

Table 14 SMS traffic 2007-2019

Table 15 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010-2019

Table 16 MTRs by operator 2015-2018

Table 17 Mobile coverage by technology March 2019

Table 18 A1 Belarus financial data 2007 2019

Table 19 A1 Belarus postpaid, prepaid and blended annualised ARPU 2007 2019

Table 20 A1 Belarus monthly minutes of use (MOU) 2007 2019

Table 21 A1 Belarus prepaid users and share of total 2007-2019

Table 22 A1 Belarus mobile broadband subscribers, M2M connections 2012 2019

Table 23 MTS Belarus subscribers 2009-2019

Table 24 MTS Belarus financial data 2014 2019

Table 25 MTS Belarus financial data (RUB) 2014-2019

Table 26 BeST financial data (BYR) 2015-2019

Table 27 BeST financial data (Lira) 2014-2019

Table 28 BeST mobile subscribers 2009-2019

Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2009 2019

Chart 2 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2009 2019

Chart 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2019

Chart 4 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010-2019

Chart 5 A1 Belarus financial data 2007 2019

Chart 6 A1 Belarus mobile subscribers 2007 2019

Chart 7 A1 Belarus mobile broadband subscribers, M2M connections 2012 2019

Chart 8 MTS Belarus financial data 2014 2019

Chart 9 MTS Belarus financial data (RUB) 2014 2019

Chart 10 BeST financial data (BYR) 2015-2019

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Belarus's government and telecom regulator have in place three programs running through to 2020 which are aimed at developing the telecom sector and digital economy. Considerable progress has been made, in particular with enabling the mobile network operators to trial 5G services and with extending the reach of fibre infrastructure.

These programs were initiated while the country experienced declining economic growth (in 2015 and 2016) and formed part of wider efforts to secure economic growth through promoting the digital economy and developing the ICT sector. Such considerations have also encompassed a growing interest in applications relevant for smart cities.

There remain many opportunities for growth in coming years, particularly in the broadband segment where the incumbent telco Beltelecom is migrating its PSTN network to a fibre-based network. This will better position the company to offer a range of bundled services. Although the sector has been reformed, this has not yet resulted in the privatisation of the incumbent despite the government being pressed to sell state enterprises in a bid to reduce overall debt. Revenue growth for Beltelecom is expected to come from the FttP sector, where much of the company's capex is directed.

The mobile sector has also experienced some growth, with a rise in mobile penetration attributed to effective competition which has helped drive down consumer prices. Operators have concentrated on developing mobile broadband and data services with a view to capitalising on such services to increase ARPU. Recent spectrum auctions have facilitated the development of mobile broadband access, particularly in rural areas, while the state-sponsored operator beCloud, charged with developing a wholesale-based LTE network, has enabled commercial LTE services to be extended to about 80% of the population. beCloud is also charged with developing the network infrastructure to support 5G services.

In early 2015 the government decreed that the 1.5% tax on revenue derived from telcos (which was put in place in 2007) should be channelled to developing universal telecom services, particularly aimed at rural areas. In mid-2016 the cash-strapped government increased the tax on all telecom services from 20% to 25%, while a Google tax' was imposed from the beginning of 2018.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:

VELCOM rebrands as A1;

Regulator considering end to roaming charges with Eastern Partnership Initiative countries by 2020;

A1 Belarus launches an NB-IoT service, begins deploying GPON networks;

beCloud and Huawei 5G trials deliver data at 2Gb/s;

Google tax raises Br15 million in its first year;

Beltelecom closes down its dial-up internet and WiMAX services;

Belarus having almost 31,000 base stations in service by March 2019;

Beltelecom completes almost two million GPON connections;

LTE use reaches 80% of mobile subscribers;

Report update includes the Ministry of Communications data to March 2019, operator data to Q1 2019, assessment of the global impact of COVID-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Beltelecom, Cosmos TV, Minsk TV and Information Networks (MTIS), Teleradio, Belcel, A1 Belarus (MDC), MTS Belarus, BeST life:)

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Scope

1 Key statistics

2 Country overview

3 COVID-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

3.1 Economic considerations and responses

3.2 Mobile devices

3.3 Subscribers

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Telecommunications market

5 Regulatory environment

5.1 Historic overview

5.2 Regulatory authority

5.3 Telecom sector liberalisation

5.4 Privatisation

5.5 Interconnection

5.6 Access

6 Fixed network operators

6.1 Beltelecom

6.2 Alternative Digital Network (ADN)

7 Telecommunications infrastructure

7.1 Overview of the national telecom network

7.2 International infrastructure

7.3 Smart infrastructure

8 Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Market analysis

8.2 Broadband statistics

8.3 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

8.4 Fixed-line broadband technologies

9 Digital economy

9.1 E-commerce

9.2 E-government

10 Mobile market

10.1 Market analysis

10.2 Mobile statistics

10.3 Regulatory issues

10.4 Mobile infrastructure

10.5 Major mobile operators

10.6 Mobile content and applications

11 Glossary of abbreviations

12 Related reports

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Belarus 2018

Table 2 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010-2019

Table 3 International internet bandwidth 2009-2018

Table 4 Fixed-line and mobile internet subscribers, penetration 2007 2018

Table 5 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2009-2019

Table 6 Forecast fixed broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 7 Ethernet lines by data rate 2017-2019

Table 8 DOCSIS lines by data rate 2017-2019

Table 9 DSL subscribers 2009-2019

Table 10 DSL lines by data rate 2017-2019

Table 11 A1 Belarus fixed-line subscribers 2016-2019

Table 12 Fibre broadband subscribers 2011-2019

Table 13 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010-2019

Table 14 SMS traffic 2007-2019

Table 15 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010-2019

Table 16 MTRs by operator 2015-2018

Table 17 Mobile coverage by technology March 2019

Table 18 A1 Belarus financial data 2007 2019

Table 19 A1 Belarus postpaid, prepaid and blended annualised ARPU 2007 2019

Table 20 A1 Belarus monthly minutes of use (MOU) 2007 2019

Table 21 A1 Belarus prepaid users and share of total 2007-2019

Table 22 A1 Belarus mobile broadband subscribers, M2M connections 2012 2019

Table 23 MTS Belarus subscribers 2009-2019

Table 24 MTS Belarus financial data 2014 2019

Table 25 MTS Belarus financial data (RUB) 2014-2019

Table 26 BeST financial data (BYR) 2015-2019

Table 27 BeST financial data (Lira) 2014-2019

Table 28 BeST mobile subscribers 2009-2019

Chart 1 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2009 2019

Chart 2 Fixed-line broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2009 2019

Chart 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2019

Chart 4 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010-2019

Chart 5 A1 Belarus financial data 2007 2019

Chart 6 A1 Belarus mobile subscribers 2007 2019

Chart 7 A1 Belarus mobile broadband subscribers, M2M connections 2012 2019

Chart 8 MTS Belarus financial data 2014 2019

Chart 9 MTS Belarus financial data (RUB) 2014 2019

Chart 10 BeST financial data (BYR) 2015-2019

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Beltelecom, Cosmos TV, Minsk TV and Information Networks (MTIS), Teleradio, Belcel, A1 Belarus (MDC), MTS Belarus, BeST life:)