The Republican Unitary Enterprise Beltelecom is a modern telecommunication company with a long history, the personnel of which provides and develops communication technologies important for the state, society, private and corporate customers. In its activities, the company focuses on the active policy of expansion and improvement of telecommunication services. The company holds a leading position on the telecommunication market of the Republic of Belarus being the largest telecommunication operator in the territory of our country.
Beltelecom was founded on July 3, 1995 as Republican Association. On 1 August 2004 the company was re-organized to the Republican Unitary Telecommunication Enterprise (RUE) Beltelecom. Regional unitary enterprises as well as the Minsk City Telephone Network, Long Distance Communications and the Minsk Telephone-Telegraph Station were re-organized into branches of Beltelecom by affiliation.
Today Beltelecom includes 9 Branches and 3 productions in composition head structural subdivision:
o Brest Branch
o Vitebsk Branch
o Gomel Branch
o Grodno Branch
o Mogilev Branch
o Minsk Branch
o Minsk City Telephone Exchange Branch
o Long-Distance Communication Branch
o Agricultural Subsidiary Economy Branch
Productions in head structural subdivision composition:
o International Switching Center
o Information and Accounting Center
o Minsk telephone-telegraph station
Mission of Beltelecom - bringing people together, giving the freedom to communicate and obtain information.
The company’s brand portfolio consists of the brand Beltelecom, that represents voice communication, data transmission, hosting and other services as well as the brands byfly (high-speed Internet access) and ZALA (interactive television).
byfly – is a strong and independent brand, in the trading portfolio of which the best offers on Internet access for corporate and home use are collected. Today byfly is both a wired and wireless Internet access ensuring high speed of data transmission, comfortable work at home and at work.
Speeds from 2 up to 100 Mbit/s are available for byfly subscribers depending on the connection technologies. Currently GPON technologies (passive optical networks) are actively developing on the subscriber access networks of RUE Beltelecom. Thanks to this technology the speeds up to 100 Mbit/s are available to subscribers.
GPON-technology is a variety of FTTH (optic for home) and offers optical fiber laying to a subscriber’s flat. Thereby all active intermediate devices (switches and routers) are excluded, that certainly improves the quality of services provided, and creates the preconditions for increasing the speed to a subscriber up to 1 Gbit/s and more. By 2017 RUE Beltelecom plans to increase the number of GPON subscribers by 650 thousand. It will give the opportunity to increase the number of higher speed broadband access subscribers. In this case, a subscriber is provided with a ‘smart’ device ONU, which has different interfaces (Ethernet, FXS, Wi-Fi) for provision of various telecommunication services – IMS services, ZALA interactive television, Internet, security alarm, entry phone, and ‘smart home’ services in future.
ZALA – is the brand combining television services of RUE Beltelecom. Under this brand interactive and terrestrial television services are provided to subscribers. A wide range of channels, thematic packages of various genres make ZALA services popular among different social groups.
Currently ZALA offers more than 50 TV channels in the basic packages. Interactivity of ZALA allows a subscriber to watch favorite TV programs at the time convenient exactly for him/her.
Through the service «Informational portal» of the interactive television ZALA subscribers can view latest news, weather forecasts, exchange rates as well as to pay utility and communication services using payment system «TV-banking» staying inside.
One of the main indicators of success and company’s credibility is a growing number of its subscribers. Millions of subscribers choose RUE Beltelecom as a communications service provider. As for the penetration rate of broadband Internet access per 100 inhabitants the Republic of Belarus has achieved the European average. In 2015, the subscriber base of broadband Internet access byfly exceeded 2,2 million people, and IPTV ZALA – 1,2 million.
Telephone communication services give the opportunity to ensure the connection between subscribers automatically. As of January1, 2016 the fixed telephone communication base amounts to more than 4,4 million.According to ITU as of the end of 2013 telephone density per 100 people equaled 47,8, which exceeds the similar indicator in such developed countries as Portugal (42,7), USA (42,2), Spain (40,7), Sweden (40,6) (according to ITU estimates).
Wi-Fi access points from Beltelecom are available in the most visited public places of cities. 153 thousand Wi-Fi access points have been established this year. As of January 1, 2015, the total number of Wi-Fi access points is 302.4 thousand, 75.6 thousand out of these – in Minsk. The most popular hot-spots are in hotels, the national airport, sport complexes and health resorts, railway stations, auto stations, cinemas, shopping and exhibition centers.
Last year with the technical support of RUE Beltelecom the following events with the participation of high ranking officials of the Republic of Belarus and CIS countries took place: the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council at the level of Heads of States, the CIS Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Council of Ministers of the Union State as well as a landmark sporting event for the Republic Belarus - 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship.
For the convenience of its subscribers, Beletelecom has a network of service centers throughout the country. There are over 143 service centers of the company in the capital, regional and district centers. Today, by virtue of efforts of Beltelecom, up-to-date telecommunication services are available throughout the country.
Currently Beltelecom systematically conducts works on extension of intraregional data transmission networks using DWDM equipment which ensures traffic transmission bandwidth at the segments. Regional center – district center in the capacity over 10 Gbps that will significantly increase the quality of current data transmission services provision to the subscribers.
At present RUE Beltelecom ensures transmission of TV and radio programs via communication channels from broadcast-television complexes of television and radio broadcasting companies to television and radio transmission stations. Transmission of unscheduled TV programs, «video bridges» and «video channel on demand» from the event venues and other occasions is performed at requests of television and radio broadcasting companies. Broadcasting of TV or radio channels both in analogue and digital formats is organized to all the existing analogue and digital transmitters.
Within the implementation of the "State program of introducing digital television and radio broadcasting in the Republic of Belarus till 2015" the construction of digital terrestrial television broadcasting network and the organization of digital television and radio broadcasting at 93 radio and television transmitting stations is provided. Since 2005 RUE Beltelecom has been carrying out the planned modernization of the television programs distribution network and the construction of fiber-optic communication lines to the existing and newly constructed radio and television transmitting stations with the application of modern equipment providing the transmission of television signal in digital format to digital broadcasting transmitters installed at radio and television transmitting stations. In 2015 RUE Beltelecom finishes laying fiber-optic cables and the delivery of digital package of television programs to all radio and television transmitting stations in the Republic planned for construction.