Beltelecom reports on business progress; reveals five-year strategy plan

Belarusian national PTO Beltelecom has published an update on its development for the period 2006 to 2010 and outlined its strategy plan for the next five years. The company says that in the last five years it has invested BYR2.5 trillion (USD840 million) in its networks and services in a bid to create a modern, well-developed network infrastructure for all its subscribers. Since 2006 it has constructed new fibre-optic communication lines, as well as upgrading local telephone networks, international exchanges, transit nodes, its data transmission network and other equipment. In the next five-year period Beltelecom recognises that 'significant investment in technological development is needed' to 'complete the formation of [an] advance telecommunications infrastructure with a single technical and organisational policy'.

Beltelecom had 750,000 byfly broadband subscribers at the end of 2010, a market share of 39%, up by 350,000 connections over the year. Its ZALA-branded IPTV subscriber base totalled 220,000 at the same date, up 160,000 year-on-year. Beltelecom plans to connect about 1.5 million new byfly users and 850,000 ZALA customers in the next five years. The PTO also reported that its fixed telephony subscriber base totalled 4.11 million lines in service at the end of last year, up from 3.96 million in December 2009.


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