A1 and beCloud deployed 4G network in Belarus across the country
By 2023, fourth-generation communications for A1 subscribers will be available in 97% of the country, where over 99% of the population lives.
In Belarus, the construction of a 4G network using LTE and LTE Advanced technology is carried out by the beCloud infrastructure operator, with which mobile operators enter into agreements on the use of necessary resources. Starting in March 2019, access to the 4G network is provided to A1 subscribers. The project, which will be implemented as part of a strategic cooperation agreement between A1 and beCloud, will launch a 4G network, available both in large cities and in remote corners of the country.
The joint project A1 and beCloud on the development of 4G mobile communications in full will take three years. The first of the planned stages will be completed by the end of 2019. It involves the simultaneous inclusion of more than 2000 base stations operating in the frequency range of 1800 MHz, which will make 4G communication available to A1 subscribers within the existing beСloud LTE network. Today it covers all the regional centers of Belarus, as well as most major cities, such as Baranovichi, Bobruisk, Borisov, Volkovysk, Dobrush, Zhlobin, Lida, Mozyr, Molodechno, Orsha, Pinsk, Polotsk, Rechitsa, Rogachev, Soligorsk and others. As a result 4G communication will be available to A1 subscribers in the territory where about 76% of the country's population lives. The first cities where within the framework of the cooperation program 4G technology will be available for A1 subscribers will be Gomel, Zhlobin and Bobruisk.
The second phase of the project starts in January 2020. It involves the deployment of a 4G beCloud network in rural areas in the 800 MHz frequency range and based on A1 infrastructure. To guarantee its customers the best user experience, A1 will provide the beCloud operator with its infrastructure for base stations, as well as a transport network based on hybrid, microwave and fiber optic communication lines. This interaction scheme was successfully tested by partners as part of the work to restart the 4G network for A1 subscribers in Pinsk in November 2019. As a result, the 4G network coverage area for A1 subscribers is equal to the current 3G coverage area of the company, providing coverage for more than 97% of the territory of Belarus.
Work under the second phase of the joint project A1 and beCloud will be carried out in stages. The first regions in which partners will begin to deploy a 4G network based on A1 infrastructure will be Gomel, Mogilev and Vitebsk regions. In the Gomel region alone, it is planned to connect more than 300 base stations. In total, the number of launched base stations in three years will exceed 3,000.