Mobile operator MTS Belarus has announced that more than 520,000 subscribers are now using its 4G LTE services.

The Telco also revealed that its LTE service now covers around 75% of the country’s urban population. MTS Belarus offers its LTE service over the networks of Belarusian Cloud Technologies (beCloud), which owns a 15-year licence to operate 4G LTE in the country.

MTS Belarus’ 4G network is now available in 30 cities and towns, including the capital Minsk and settlements in the Minsk region (such as Minsk international airport and the industrial park at Velikiy-Kamen), all regional centres, and the towns of Dobrush, Molodechno, Smolevichi and Shklov.

Going forward, MTS Belarus intends to expand coverage to another 20 or so towns and cities, including such regional centres as Bobruisk, Borisov, Dzerzhinsk, Kobrin, Lida, Mozyr, Orsha, Pinsk, Polotsk, Soligorsk and others. Moreover, MTS Belarus reported that over the course of last year, overall daily 4G data traffic increased by a factor of 5.3, while smartphone penetration now stands at around 33% of the total base with such devices now accounting for 85% of all new handsets sold.