Internet in Belarus: Some Facts. Mikhail Doroshevich http://www.e-belarus.org. 1. Penetration 2. Infrastructure 3. Cost main internet services 4. Internet Users 5. Domain .BY 6. E-Government 7. Content 8. Political parties 9. NGO 10. Conclusions. Internet in Belarus: Some Facts.
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Internet in Belarus: Some Facts
3. Cost main internet services
4. Internet Users
5. Domain .BY
8. Political parties
36 providers: 18 xDSL, 31 dial-up, 2 cable services
Cost main internet services:
Dial-up 20 hours per week7.4 USD
Dial-up 30 hours per week15 USD
Dial-up 40 hours per week20 USD
Unmetered access60 USD/mo
ADSL (500 MB traffic)26 USD/mo
ADSL/IDSL (600 MB traffic)50 USD/mo
ADSL (1 GB traffic)100 USD/mo
Broadband (1 GB traffic)50 USD/mo
60% - Minsk, 20% - regional cities
Cost of registration, one time - 50 USD
Cost of technical support for one year - 50 USD.
Small zone: 3.500 records
(For example: .ru – 368.000, .de – 6.000.000)
No whois services.
only 74 (8,2 percent) of 903 analyzed national, regional and district government bodies are represented online.
At the same time 73,2 percent of national government institutions (41 from 56), 11 percent of regional (8 from 72) and 3 percent of district (25 from 775) government bodies have their websites.
Among the 74 reviewed web-sites 41 (55,4percent) represent national, 8 (10 percent) – regional and 25 (33,8 percent) –district governing bodies.
22 percent of all websites are not updated.
General eGov Profile
Search Engines:TUT.BY, all.by
Rating systems: Akavita.BY, all.by
Catalogues:all.by, catalog.tut.by, akavita
199 parliamentary candidates
(49,8% of 400 registered by October 4, 2004) had their web-sites or web-pages.
Politparty siteNumber of candidates presented
Web-Sites, specially to elections5
United Civil Party Web-site8
Lev Sapega Foundation branch8
NGOs as well as political parties seem to lag behind the official structures in using the Internet: the NGOs are almost three times less likely to rely on the Internet.
The major reason behind this relatively limited Internet activities by the CSOs seems: besides the lack of resources, also a lower awareness of the Internet’s potential, and, perhaps as a result of it, endemic “online-practices illiteracy”, despite clear benefits that the Internet can offer