According to TeleGeography Ericsson Nikola Tesla has concluded a contract worth over HRK76 million (USD11.24 million) with mobile infrastructure provider Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud) for the second phase deployment of a 4G LTE network in Belarus.
The contract covers three new regions of the country and will be completed by the end of 2017. beCloud CEO Sergey Poblagouev commented: ‘LTE technology is already experiencing high demand in the capital, therefore its implementation in the regions is more than timely.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in September 2013 beCloud was granted frequencies to construct the country’s sole 4G LTE wireless network when ICT Minister Nikolay Panteley awarded it LTE-capable spectrum with the aim of constructing a single nationwide network which will then be offered on a wholesale basis to other Belarus operators in order to save infrastructure costs. beCloud is said to be 51%-owned by domestic group Operative Analytical Center, itself operating under the President of Belarus’ national centre of traffic exchange, and including Russian businessman Konstantin Nikolaev as a key participant in the venture.
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