Commercial launch before the end of 2012
In June last year, Belgacom started rolling out the first 4G network in Belgium. The operator is now busy extending its 4G network to five more cities: Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Liège and Namur. The University Hospital of Brussels is one of Belgacom's business customers that have been testing the 4G network successfully since last year. This year, Belgacom will open up its 4G network to all its customers.
Extension of the first Belgian 4G network in Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Liège and Namur
In June 2011, Belgacom was the first Belgian operator to start rolling out 4G. The fast 3G network is being extended with 4G or LTE technology. This will allow customers to use their mobile data applications with even greater ease on their smartphone, laptop or tablet. A few Belgacom business customers are already using the 4G network now. They are equipped with 4G USB modems for laptop use.
4G enables ultra-fast mobile data traffic, up to 10 times faster than 3G. Downloading or sending of data is done extremely quickly. Video streaming on a smartphone, laptop or tablet is of very high quality. Moreover, 4G considerably increases the capacity of the mobile network so that the increased use of mobile services and solutions are absorbed without any problem. In June last year, Belgacom started rolling out 4G in Hasselt, Mons, Waver and the industrial park of Haasrode. Now the network is being rolled out in Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Liège and Namur.
Belgacom uses the 1.8 GHZ frequency band for the 4G roll-out. At a later stage, if more capacity is needed, Belgacom will also use the 2.6 GHz frequency band. Belgacom purchased the license for the 2.6 GHz frequency band in November 2011 at the auction held by the BIPT, the telecom regulator.
The University Hospital of Brussels is enthusiastic about the new applications
The University Hospital of Brussels is one of the business customers that have been testing Belgacom's 4G network successfully since last year. Tests in real-life conditions in Haasrode showed that the communication between a doctor in the hospital and the emergency staff in an ambulance on the move is of very high quality. Thanks to the application used by the University Hospital of Brussels, a doctor can examine a patient remotely in an ambulance en route. The ultra-fast 4G network ensures that this interaction proceeds naturally without any delays or hitches, saving much valuable time.
More possibilities for customers thanks to a combination of the fixed and mobile network and Fon hotspots
Belgacom has everything it needs to enable its customers to access their services and applications simply and seamlessly, both at home and while on the move.
Innovative services such as Belgacom Internet Everywhere are a good illustration of this convergence strategy of Belgacom. With just one subscription and without any extra charge, customers can surf the Net both at home and while on the move via the fixed network, the mobile Proximus-network and the more than 6 million Fon hotspots worldwide.
To constantly offer its customers the best user experience, Belgacom continuously invests in its fixed and mobile networks. The roll-out of the 4G network makes new applications possible and enables customers to use their services with even greater ease of use. Belgacom will open up its 4G network to all its customers before the end of the year.