Author: Mikhail Doroshevich
According to deputy Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus Nikolai Strukov, Beltelecom outer channel capacity will be increased by 8 times and total 8 Gbit/s by 2010.
That information proves that the Ministry does not expect other coming into the market. Though, it has been announced that Beletelecom is to be privatized in 2007 and that Belarus is planning to join WTO.
Nikolai Strukov says that, since the beginning of 2006, Beltelecom has increased its outer channel capacity from 465 Mbit/s up to 1 Gbit/s. At present Beltelecom shares channels belonging to Teleglobe (Canada), Sprint (USA) and "PeterStar" (Russia).
Beltelecom is planning to develop broadband Internet access. At present Belarusian telco has 2,4 thousand ports. By 2010, the company will operate 240 thousand ports.
Speaking at the press conference Mr. Strukov explained Ministry's position on WiFi issues. He says that local Wi-Fi networks in offices and at homes do not require any licensing. However "outer" WiFi networks should be "approved by the Ministry".
VoIP technologies for "non-commercial use" is free of any licensing. The Skype technologies may be used for connecting branches of the companies and for internet-calls within the country. Commercial use of VoIP should be licensed.
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