Author: Mikhail Doroshevich
The mobile phone services provider, Velcom, which currently operates 170 stations in Belarus, has announced plans to set up a further 105 base stations by the end of 2002.
Prices for Velcom services have been reduced by 15 per cent and the company has also introduced a number of new services for its clients such as SMS roaming and specific services for customers using mobile phones as a GSM modem for internet access, corporate network access and for data transmission. Later this month special tariffs will be introduced for WAP users. By the end of August the company plans to introduce GPRS.
The company plans to increase its coverage of the urban population from its present figure of 84 cent to 90 per cent by the end of 2002. It hopes to have 350,000 clients by September, 2002 and 550 000 by July 2003. 10 service centres in Minsk and a further 10 centres across Belarus are to open shortly.
MTS, a new arrival to the Belarus mobile market, acquired 6500 customers during its first month of operation. Currently those who subscribe to the Velcom and MTS networks cannot communicate with each other, as a Velcom-MTS interconnection hasn't been set up yet.
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