According to BelTA research analysts and broadband price comparison experts at cable.co.uk posted their research on the cost of fixed-line broadband in 206 countries. Belarus ranks fifth in this survey.
According to BelTA a national fund for the universal communications and informatization services will be established in Belarus. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed decree No.13 for this purpose.
According to TeleGeography Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud), Belarus' designated 4G infrastructure provider, has published an update on its LTE rollout programme, noting that by the end of 2019 its network comprised 2,090 base stations, up 25% year-on-year, with 529 new base stations added during the course of the year, and a further 800 or so upgraded; its network utilises three bands, 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz. The infrastructure provider is tasked with providing a common network for the country's incumbents - MTS Belarus, A1 Belarus (formerly VELCOM) and Belarusian Telecommunications Network (BeST, life:)) - and highlighted that by 1 January 2020 its signal was live in 177 towns and cities, while the share of active users across the network increased by 46% and the annual total 4G subscribers traffic exceeded 280 petabytes. In particular, the company noted that last year it worked to strengthen its presence in the regions and in rural areas, given that fourth-generation mobile services are considered 'especially relevant for small towns' where mobile internet is the 'best and often the only way' to access the web.
According to BelTA Belarusian Information Minister Aleksandr Karlyukevich suggested introducing legislation related to fakes and deepfakes as he took part in another meeting of the Expert Community project "Deepfakes: New Challenge to Information Security" in the BelTA press center on 15 January.
According to BelTA more and more government procurement procedures in Belarus will go online. Work will continue to make the procedures more transparent, BelTA learned from First Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Dmitry Krutoi after a government conference hosted by the head of state on 14 January.
According to BelTA a geoinformation website has been launched in Belarus to share remote Earth sensing data, BelTA learned from the Belarusian aerial phototopography for agricultural purposes enterprise BelPSKhAGI.