A New-Gen­er­a­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy

About three months ago an LTE Ad­vanced (LTE-A) net­work was put into com­mer­cial ser­vice in Minsk

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Since late 2015 Minsk res­i­dents have been able to ap­pre­ci­ate the high speeds of the 4G tech­nol­ogy. The new net­work was built by SOOO Be­laru­sian Cloud Tech­nolo­gies (be­Cloud trade­mark) in ac­cor­dance with a de­cree of the Be­larus pres­i­dent. At present LTE Ad­vanced cov­er­age re­lies on about 150 base sta­tions that op­er­ate in the 1,800MHz range. The cov­er­age is be­ing ex­panded both in Minsk and in the oblast cap­i­tals. In H2 2016 the tech­nol­ogy is ex­pected to ar­rive in Brest, Vitebsk, Gomel, Grodno, and Mogilev. District cap­i­tals and pop­u­lated lo­cal­i­ties with at least 50,000 res­i­dents will be able to get a taste of LTE Ad­vanced by 2018.

First Re­sults

There is a dif­fer­ence be­tween LTE and LTE Ad­vanced. The terms LTE and 4G are of­ten con­fused and treated as syn­onyms. 4G is a promis­ing gen­er­a­tion of mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tions that of­fers high data trans­fer speeds and bet­ter voice qual­ity. 4G is a fam­ily of tech­nolo­gies that meets the re­quire­ments of the In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Union (ITU).

LTE is one of th­ese tech­nolo­gies; it of­fers only data trans­fer ca­pa­bil­i­ties. LTE-A is the next gen­er­a­tion of LTE net­works. LTE-A boasts faster data trans­fer and the abil­ity to broad­cast the same data stream via dif­fer­ent ra­dio fre­quen­cies. Apart from that, LTE-A sup­ports re­broad­cast­ing – a sub­scriber de­vice can ac­cess the grid via an­other de­vice.

“The LTE Ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, on which our net­work re­lies, of­fers both data trans­fer and voice trans­fer. It rep­re­sents a clear ad­van­tage in com­par­i­son with the LTE stan­dard. LTE Ad­vanced truly de­serves its 4G name,” noted be­Cloud Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Sergei Poblaguyev.

4G com­bines key ad­van­tages of the 3G mo­bile tech­nol­ogy and wired In­ter­net ac­cess tech­nolo­gies such as mo­bil­ity and data trans­fer speeds of up to 150Mbps. 4G al­lows re­ceiv­ing and send­ing large amounts of data, watch­ing high-def­i­ni­tion video, and shar­ing files. At present 4G is the most rapidly evolv­ing tech­nol­ogy that has been adopted by nearly 400 mo­bile car­ri­ers across the globe.

In the first month since the net­work de­ploy­ment, 4G was mostly used by res­i­dents of Minsk’s Ze­leny Lug and Uruchye dis­tricts. The dis­tricts ac­counted for a third of the to­tal traf­fic in Minsk. One base sta­tion in Uruchye trans­ferred nearly 500GB of data within 24 hours. The down­load speed av­er­aged at 25Mbps while the top speed reached 115Mbps.

The vol­ume of traf­fic grows ev­ery day and has nearly dou­bled since the launch. As of 1 March the to­tal net­work traf­fic went be­yond 430TB. To com­pare, as of 1 Fe­bru­ary be­Cloud sub­scribers con­sumed slightly more than 220TB of data.

Spe­cial­ists ex­plain that down­load speeds de­pend on a num­ber of fac­tors – the dis­tance be­tween the sub­scriber and the base sta­tion, the num­ber of sub­scribers

that ac­cess the In­ter­net via the base sta­tion right now, and the class and qual­ity of the sub­scriber’s phone or tablet.

Prospects and De­vel­op­ment

SOOO Be­laru­sian Cloud Tech­nolo­gies has cre­ated the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture for the sake of sell­ing LTE Ad­vanced ser­vices to all the in­ter­ested mo­bile car­ri­ers. MTS was the first Be­laru­sian mo­bile com­pany to of­fer 4G ser­vices to its sub­scribers. The num­ber of 4G users in the MTS net­work has ex­ceeded 100,000. The mo­bile car­rier is pleased with the fig­ure since there are only 112,000 4G-ca­pa­ble devices reg­is­tered in the MTS net­work in Minsk.

By the way, other Be­laru­sian mo­bile com­pa­nies can use the LTE net­work on the same terms. The mo­bile car­ri­ers are free to de­cide on the prices, pack­ages of ser­vices, and terms of ac­cess to the 4G ser­vices.

Be­laru­sian telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion mar­ket play­ers con­firm that Be­laru­sian con­sumers are in­deed ready to em­brace the new gen­er­a­tion of mo­bile com­mu­ni­ca­tions. In par­tic­u­lar, life:) rep­re­sen­ta­tives noted that 4G is a step into the fu­ture, with­out which the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion in­dus­try is unimag­in­able to­day.

“In­ter­net traf­fic con­sump­tion grows steadily. Peo­ple stay con­nected to the Web for longer pe­ri­ods of time. New In­ter­net ca­pa­bil­i­ties that re­quire faster speeds be­come avail­able,” the life:) rep­re­sen­ta­tives stated.

Ex­perts be­lieve that the de­ploy­ment of the 4G net­work will im­prove Be­larus’ per­for­mance on the ITU in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment rank­ing. In the sev­enth edi­tion of the Mea­sur­ing the In­for­ma­tion So­ci­ety re­port re­leased by the ITU in 2015 Be­larus was ranked 36th. Over the past five years Be­larus has gone up by 14 points. Within a year the coun­try has im­proved its stand­ing by two points and is now ranked 36th out of 167 na­tions. Be­larus is still ahead of Rus­sia (45th) and Kaza­khstan (58th).

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