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Belarus - Premium SMS, Short Code Requirements

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The regulations in Belarus caters and covers all of the Mobile Payment types, that includes Premium SMS BillingStandard Rate Services and Short Codes.

Regulator 

regulator_logo.jpg   Ministry of Post and Telecommunication

The Ministry of Communications and Information of the Republic of Belarus (hereinafter referred to as "Minsvyazi") is a republican government body that submits to the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus. In performing its activities, the Minsvyazi is guided by the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus, other legal acts of the Republic of Belarus and the present Provision. The Minsvyazi coordinates the activities of other republican government bodies over the matters in the communications and information areas.

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Carriers

Wpid-MTS-Logo.png MTS - Network name in txtNations system: MTS-BY

MTS (Russian: МТС) is the largest mobile operator in Russia and CIS with over 102,4 million subscribers as of 31 December 2009. Having started in the Moscow license zone in 1994, МТS in 1997 received licenses for further areas and began expansion, later entering other countries of the CIS. On October 31, 2008, Vodafone announced a partnership deal with MTS, whereby Vodafone services will be available to MTS subscribers and both companies have noted the potential for more efficient purchasing.

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velcom_logo.jpg  Velcom - Network name in txtNations system: VELCOM-BY

FE "VELCOM" (velcom and PRIVET trade marks) is the first operator of mobile communication of GSM standard in Belarus. Since November, 2007 the Company is a member of Telekom Austria Group that is one of the most successful telecommunication holdings in Europe. Thanks to technological leadership and broad coverage area velcom provides its subscribers with comfortable mobile communication conditions and is constantly expanding the list of innovative mobile services. Experts recognize velcom telecommunication quality to be a model for Belarus. The Company started its business on April 16, 1999.

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Market Statistics

Summary

Belarus has enjoyed strong consistent economic growth despite significant government involvement, a fact that is also reflected in the development of its telecommunications market. Fixed-line density has grown steadily although much of the country remains underdeveloped. The high degree of government ownership in the sector reflects the status of the general economy, which is estimated to be 75% state-owned. Competition is strongest in the mobile market, where four mobile network operators compete. Services are offered by three GSM/WCDMA operators and one CDMA operator. Competition improved following the entrance of foreign players into the market, bringing with them technical and marketing knowledge. With the mobile voice market maturing the focus for future growth has shifted to mobile broadband services.

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Geography
Area: Total: 207,600 sq km Land: 202,900 sq km Water: 4,700 sq km
Cities: MINSK (capital) 1.837 million (2009)
Terrain: generally flat and contains much marshland
Climate: cold winters, cool and moist summers; transitional between continental and maritime

 

People
Nationality: Noun: Belarusian(s) Adjective: Belarusian
Population: 9,577,552 (July 2011 est.)
Annual population growth rate: -0.363% (2011 est.)
Language: Belarusian (official) 36.7%, Russian (official) 62.8%, other 0.5% (includes small Polish- and Ukrainian-speaking minorities) (1999 census)
Flag: Belarus_Flag_Icon.jpg


Government
Type: republic in name, although in fact a dictatorship
Independence: 25 August 1991 (from the Soviet Union)
Constitution: 15 March 1994; revised by national referendum 24 November 1996 giving the presidency greatly expanded powers; became effective 27 November 1996; revised again 17 October 2004 removing presidential term limits
Branches: chief of state: President Aleksandr LUKASHENKO; head of government: Prime Minister; First Deputy Prime Minister; cabinet: Council of Ministers
Political parties: pro-government parties - Belarusian Agrarian Party; Belarusian Patriotic Movement; Communist Party of Belarus; Liberal Democratic Party; Republican Party of Labor and Justice opposition parties - Belarusian Christian Democracy Party; Belarusian Party of Communists; Belarusian Party of Labor; Belarusian Popular Front; Belarusian Social-Democratic Hramada; Belarusian Social Democratic Party Hramada; Belarusian Social Democratic Party People's Assembly ; Belarusian Women's Party Nadzeya; Christian Conservative Party ; European Belarus Campaign; Party of Freedom and Progress; "Tell the Truth" Campaign; United Civic Party
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

 

Economy
Nominal GDP: $131.2 billion (2010 est.)
GDP per capita: $13,600 (2010 est.)
Annual GDP growth rate: 7.6% (2010 est.)
Natural resources: timber, peat deposits, small quantities of oil and natural gas, granite, dolomitic limestone, marl, chalk, sand, gravel, clay
Agriculture: grain, potatoes, vegetables, sugar beets, flax; beef, milk
Industry: metal-cutting machine tools, tractors, trucks, earthmovers, motorcycles, televisions, synthetic fibers, fertilizer, textiles, radios, refrigerators
Trade: Export - Russia 31.6%, Netherlands 17.3%, Ukraine 8%, Latvia 7.8%, Germany 4.6% (2009) Import - Russia 58.5%, Germany 7.8%, Ukraine 4.5% (2009)

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Market Growth

General region↓ Total number of Internet users (thousands)↓ Internet Users per 100 inhab.↓ Total population (thousands)↓ GDP per capita↓ GDP total (thousands)↓ Mobile subscibers per 100 inhab.↓ Total number of mobile subscribers (thousands)↓
Europe 4436.8 45.9 9,663 74,764,600 705,241,000,000  100.2  9680
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Currency

The ruble (Belarusian: рубель, Gen. plural: рублёў) is the currency of Belarus. The symbol for the ruble is Br and the ISO 4217 code isBYR.

10000BYR in $USD

10000BYR in £GBP

10000BYR in €EUR

 

Approval Process

As part of the application process for a short code, you will need to complete a txtNation Customer Care Form (CCF). It will take roughly one week to receive service approval form feedback and on average one week to get live once your CCF has been evaluated.

 

Promotional Guidelines

There are currently no set regulations documents in Belarus concerning telecommunications. However your service will be evaluated to ensure you are delivering value for money and is honest and fair.

- All SMS services should be advertised and shown in national currency.

 

Messages Flow Requirements

There are currently no set regulations documents in Belarus concerning telecommunications. However your service will be evaluated to ensure you are delivering value for money and is honest and fair.

- If an end user sends an SMS to a short code, for example it should be responded with an SMS such as:

"Thank you for your purchase, the Coins will be credited to your account within the next few hours" or "Message received. Thank you"

It is an insistent requirement of the operators. 

 

Service Types

No gambling or games/content that contains stakes.

Adult content is possible however you need to contact the Republican Committee with a list of contents to gain approval. Approval can be difficult to obtain, please supply the content and we can find out if it is possible. 

Your service will be evaluated to ensure you are delivering value for money and is honest and fair.

 

Billing Types

We operate on Mobile Originated (MO) billed line on shared lines in the Belarus. See forum entry "What are the SMS billing types available?" for more information on these billing types.

 

Short codes

On our shared code in Belarus, we operate on a 4 digit short code for each carrier. 

 

Tax

The current Belarus rate of tax is available via Wikipedia. The out-payments on our rate cards are exclusive of VAT, so if you are VAT registered you can claim a higher outpayment than is shown.

 

Dedicated Codes 

Dedicated codes are available with a 2 - 5 week lead time depending on carrier availability, the carriers approve based on their backlog, the time of year, price point and service type. You can read more about Short Code Coverage, SMS Billing Services and Mobile Payments in Belarus via the txtNation Gateway.

 

Belarus has the following Mobile Payment options available, all of which fall under these regulations:

  • Premium SMS (P-SMS) including Short Code services

Additional options for Mobile Payments and Messaging in Belarus include:

  • HLR Lookup
  • Bulk SMS

Note: This page is updated as frequently as possible when we are informed from the regulators or mobile operators in Belarus of a change or update in regulations. There may be a latest version of Premium SMS, Mobile Payments or Short Code Regulations in Belarus. Please contact your account manager for more information.

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