Belarus' export of computer services, telecommunication services and information services rose by 21% in the first half of 2019 in comparison with the same period of last year according to preliminary data, BelTA reported citing the Belarusian Communications and Information Ministry.
Proceeds from sales went up by 9.9% from the first half of 2018. The profitability of sold products amounted to 13.4%, with the profitability of sales at 10%.
Revenues from postal services and telecommunication industry services were close to BYN1.8bn ($881mn).
The industry demonstrated a 2.3% growth in comparable conditions. The share of the gross value added by the information and communications industry in the country's GDP rose to 6.4%.
The number of broadband landline internet service subscribers reached 3.232mn, with the number of IPTV subscribers up by 116,300 to 2.103mn.
The number of subscribers connected to the IMS platform (IP-based telephony) grew by 227,600 to 3.19mn. The number of subscribers connected using the GPON technology increased by 224,600 to 2.422mn. The bandwidth of the external internet access channel amounted to 1,490 Gbps.
In the first half of 2019 the penetration of LTE-based mobile communication services totalled 75.7%. Over 3mn residents of Belarus used this technology.
Fiber-optic communication lines are available in 98.4% of the multistoried houses in urban areas. More than 58,000 subscribers use the smart home service.