July 2, 2008
Belarus Begins Allocating Frequencies for 3G Networks
Text of report in English by Belarusian privately-owned news agency Belapan
Minsk, 2 July: Both existing and new mobile operators can be granted a license to build 3G networks in Belarus, Henadz Tsaryk, a departmental chief at the communications ministry, told reporters in Minsk on Wednesday [2 July].
Tsaryk noted that the launch of 3G networks in Belarus would depend on the pace of the allocation of frequencies.
The communications ministry is expected to consider bids for third-generation (3G) network licenses before 1 December 2008.
Belarus' two leading GSM operators, Velcom and MTS, have already announced plans to bid for a 3G license.
Third-generation mobile telephony offers users new services such as video telephony, faster Internet access and networked games.
Originally published by Belapan news agency, Minsk, in English 0000 2 Jul 08.
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