Belarus Mobile Billing and Messaging Overview

Overview

Billing Type: MO&MT   MO billed.

Subscriptions: Yes   MT code required. Only via MTS. Velcom is due to have MT billing late 2014.

Micropayments: Yes

Shared Price Points: 5900 BYR, 6962 BYR

Dedicated Price Points: 5900 BYR, 6962BYR

Standard rate Price Points: Available on request.

Regulator: Ministry of Post and Telecommunication

Approvals/Fees Required: Yes   Approval required.

Country Info

Population: 9,504,700

Subscribers: 10,700,000

Mobile Penetration Rate: 33%

Average Individual Income: $14,058

VAT Rate: 20%

Withholding Tax: 0% - 10%

Network Information:

Carriers: Subscribers: Market Share:
MTS 5,410,000 45.78%
Velcom 4,937,000 42.76%
BeST 1,086,500 9.84%
Belcel 178,700 1.62%
Yota Bel 400 0.00%

Regulations

Regulation Overview

Regulator: Ministry of Post and Telecommunication

Regulator Website: http://www.mpt.gov.by

Code of Conduct: There are currently no specific regulatory documents available for Belarus

Opt-in Possibilities

Web (PIN) Opt-in: Yes

WORAR (Requiring a Reply): Yes

Single MO Shortcode Opt-in: Yes

In-app Billing: Yes

Multi-billing - Are you able to send multiple MOs?: Yes   Approval required.

Multi-billing - Are you able to send multiple MTs?: Yes   Approval required.

Permitted Content

Adult Permissible: Yes   Approval is required from the Republican Expert Committee, specific documentation needs to be submitted.

Mobile Gambling /mCasino (Real money): No

Sportsbook (Real money): No

Virtual Gambling (Virtual credit): Yes   Approval required.

Lottery (Real money): No

Competitions: Yes   No monetary prizes.

Voting: Yes

Chat: Yes

Mobile Content: Yes

Info Messages: No

Alerts: Yes   MT code required. Only via MTS. Velcom is due to have MT billing late 2014.

Physical Goods: No

Charitable Services: Yes   Approval from the networks required.

Spend Limits

Maximum Transactional Value: 2x Line Value

Daily Billing Limit: No limit

Weekly Billing Limit: No limit

Monthly Billing Limit: No limit

Customer Care

Minimum Type Required: E-Mail (24hr Response)

Technology

Available Technologies

Premium MO SMS: Yes

Premium MT SMS: Yes   Only via MTS. Velcom is due to have MT billing late 2014.

WAP Billing: No

Direct Operator Billing: No

MSISDN Forwarding: No

IVR Billing: Yes

Number Lookup (HLR): Yes

Number Lookup (VLR) /(RTLU): Yes

VSIM/Longcode: No

Bulk SMS: Yes

Push Messaging: Yes

USSD Messaging: No

USSD Menus (Sessions): No

Shortcodes

FreeText Shortcodes: No

Golden/Vanity Numbers Available?: No

Bulk Messaging

Alpha sender ID: Yes

Numeric sender ID: Yes

Alpha numeric sender ID: Yes

Shortcode sender ID: Yes

Sender IDs filtered: No

Handset Delivery reports: Yes

SMSC Delivery report: No

Binary: Yes

Concatenated Messages: Yes

Character Encoding: Yes   Full SMPP v3.4

Character Sets Supported: Yes   0×00(Default GSM encoding), 0×01(US-ASCII), 0×02(Binary), 0×03(ISO8859-1-Latin-1), 0×04(Binary), 0×08(UCS2/UTF-16BE)

Submit_multi: Yes

Maximum validity periods: 48 hours   Which is the recommended value.

Traffic type exclusions?: No exclusions other than no illegal services or content.