Development of Telecommunication Infrastructure

at the Belarus-Lithuania Border (BOMBEL-4)

The international technical assistance project “Development of Telecommunication Infrastructure at the Belarus-Lithuania Border (BOMBEL-4)” is funded under the European Neighbourhood Instrument Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus 2014-2020. The Project implementation period is from 2019 to 2021. The Project was duly registered in Belarus on January 21, 2019.

The Project’s Lead Beneficiary is the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus. The State Border Guard Service at the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania acts as a partner under the Project.

The total budget of the Project is 3 738 260,00 Euro, of which 3 300 00,00 Euro (more than 8 844 480 BYN ) is funded by the European Union and 438 260,00 Euro to be covered by the State Border Committee out of the republican funds annually allocated for the maintenance of the Belarus Border Guards.

The overall objective of the Project is to strengthen border management and border security on the Belarus-Lithuania border through the following aspects:

  • improvement of infrastructural, administrative and human capacities of the border crossing and border guard facilities;

  • enhancement of the efficiency of the border crossing and border guard facilities;

  • increase of both transparency and security of the Belarus-Lithuania border.

It is planned that the Project will:

  • establish an optical-fiber communication system linking all Belarus border stations/posts, border crossing points and border detachments at the border with Lithuania into one common digital data transfer network. The total length of the optical-fiber communication lines planned to be constructed is almost 400 kilometers, and the number of stationary facilities is nearly 50;

  • construct 2 local area networks in Smorgon Border Group and Lida Border Detachment;

  • conduct 4 training workshops in order to share positive experience and practices in the use of telecommunications for improved efficiency of border surveillance and border control.

The implementation of the Project will create new, more sophisticated IT and telecommunication infrastructure that will meet the latest world requirements in the area of data transmission and communication. In addition to such common functions as data exchange and telephone communication the created infrastructure will enable for the first time to transfer videos from border crossings and to have operational access to the information resources of other related agencies in order to identify any border violator quickly and efficiently. This will considerably improve coordination of efforts taken by border guards and make border management more efficient and flexible.

In the long run the results of the Project will have a positive impact on Lithuanian and Belarusian citizens as well as tourists who will benefit from improvements both in security and border crossing situation in the region of the Latvia-Lithuania-Belarus Programme.

This tab was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.