Information Services and Communications

Information services

The IT industry is one of the key segments in the Belarusian services sector.

The export of computer, telecom and information services went up 29.6% to $2.4 billion in 2019.

Computer services accounted for the lion’s share of 88% in 2019. And this share has been on the rise in the past years.

This is attributed to a well-developed infrastructure of the Belarusian IT industry and a high level of professional training. But the main thing is a progressive legal regime in this industry.

The export of computer services was spurred by presidential Ordinance No. 12 of 22 September 2005 “On the Hi-Tech Park” that introduced a well-crafted taxation regime for HTP resident companies.

On 21 December 2017, the Belarusian president signed Ordinance No. 8 to create even better conditions for the operation of the IT industry in the country. The document extended a special taxation regime for the HTP till 2049, expanded a list of permitted activities, and provided guarantees of non-interference of supervisory agencies in the operation of its resident companies.

Telecom Industry

The Belarusian telecom industry comprises organizations specializing in telephone technologies, television and radio broadcast, mobile and stationary Internet access.

Belarusian IT specialists have been doing their best for the development of multiservice networks and the introduction of an IMS-platform in the country. As a result, they started to provide services, ranging from telephone communications and a broadband Internet access to IP television services, to every customer.

A total of 135 telecom carriers provide Internet access in Belarus. There are 11.7 million users of broadband Internet access.

Mobile operators cover 98.7% of Belarus’ territory where 99.9% of the population lives. As of early 2020, there were more than 11.6 million mobile users in Belarus. LTE (4G) technologies are available for 76% of the population.

Belarus has finished the transition to the HD digital video broadcasting. All users of cable television networks can enjoy a generally accessible package of television programs in the HD format.

The Republic of Belarus is ranked 32nd in the ICT Development Index and is the CIS leader in this field.