Belarusian govt ending Beltelecom intl traffic routing monopoly ‘11

MINSK, Jul 25 (PRIME) — The Belarusian government plans to eliminate state-owned telecommunications company Beltelecoms monopoly on routing international Internet traffic in 2011, according to the governments ruling seen by PRIME on Monday.

The government has tasked the Communications and IT Ministry to ensure the cancellation of the monopolys practice.

In early March, Communications and IT Minister Nikolai Pantelei said the ministry had delayed a tender for permission to establish network interconnection with foreign operators until 2012, in order to analyze the market.

The ministry initially planned to hold a tender in January, but cancelled due to a lack of bids.

Beltelecom is currently the only Belarusian telecommunications operator with the right to establish network connections with foreign operators and provide international Internet traffic routing. The Belarusian government had been planning to end Beltelecoms monopoly on the international traffic routing market for several years.


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