According to MIS Report 2013 Belarus is the only country from the CIS region among the most dynamic countries. Between 2011 and 2012, the country climbed five places to 41st position globally. The country has committed to an ambitious “State Programme for innovative development of Belarus for 2011-2015” in order to improve the quality of ICT services and to modernize and expand telecommunication networks.
Improvements in both the access and the use sub-indices indicate a first success of the programme. Household connectivity made significant strides in 2012, the proportion of households with a computer increasing from 46 per cent in 2011 to 52 per cent in 2012 and the proportion of households with Internet access growing from 40 per cent in 2011 to 48 per cent in 2012. The indicators applied to measure the use sub-index all showed good progress. Most notably, fixed (wired)-broadband penetration went up from 22 per cent in 2011 to 27 per cent in 2012, which is by far the highest penetration in the CIS region. At the same time, wireless broadband is becoming increasingly important, having reached a penetration rate of 33 per cent by end 2012. MTS, the country’s largest mobile operator, has achieved 100 per cent 3G mobile-broadband population coverage in the countries’ cities and regional centres. The proportion of individuals using the Internet is increasing, too, reaching 47 per cent in 2012, up from 40 per cent in 2011
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