Publication Date: December 2023
Report Pages: 136
Analyst: Henry Lancaster
The government of Belarus has successfully promoted the migration to an all-IP platform as part of a wider effort towards a digital transformation for the economy. In the process, the state-supported infrastructure operator beCloud has built an extensive fibre network which reaches all but the smallest settlements in the country. Belarus has the second highest fibre penetration rate in Europe, behind only Iceland. LTE coverage is almost universal, while considerable progress has also been made in developing 5G services.
On the down side, the country faces considerable political and economic turmoil, and telcos have had to invest in network infrastructure while managing a significant fall in the value of the local currency (particularly against the euro and the US dollar). The depreciation of the currency is expected to continue further into 2022, though at an uncertain rate. Telcos are separately affected by difficulties in securing supplies of equipment as a result of EU sanctions. In addition, Ukrainian mobile operators have stopped roaming with Belarusian networks.
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.
Beltelecom, Cosmos TV, Minsk TV, and Information Networks (MTIS), Teleradio, Belcel, A1 Belarus (MDC), MTS Belarus, BeST life:)
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