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Belgacom and Alcatel-Lucent on track to deliver dedicated speed of 50 Mbps to a large majority of the Belgian population

17-10-2012

Large-scale customer trials with VDSL2 Vectoring technology to start by end-2012 

 Belgacom, Belgium’s largest telecommunications services provider, and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) are well on track to deliver the next generation VDSL2 broadband network to a large majority of Belgian households, leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 Vectoring technology. Tests of the new VDSL2 Vectoring technology are confirming that it delivers on its promise of realizing significantly higher broadband speeds over Belgacom’s existing telephone lines, offering a dedicated speed of 50 megabits per second (Mbps) to a vast majority of customers, along with a guaranteed high quality video experience.

Today Belgacom’s VDSL2 network – supplied by Alcatel-Lucent – already delivers a dedicated speed of 30 Mbps to the vast majority of customers, and a high quality HDTV experience to more than 83% of the households, making Belgium one of the world’s leading broadband nations, with more than one million active VDSL2 customers. Thanks to its early and continuous investment in fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and to the successive innovations in DSL technology, Belgacom has brought Belgium into the top two of European countries in terms of broadband coverage and penetration, according to analysts . Last year, Belgacom and Alcatel-Lucent announced their partnership to jointly develop the next generation VDSL2 System Level Vectoring technology – in order to achieve the targets set by the European Union’s Digital Agenda and to provide its customers with a truly premium broadband service experience.   

Belgacom has clearly expressed and confirms its plan for a nationwide upgrade of its large VDSL2 network.

Geert Standaert, Executive Vice President Service Delivery Engine, Belgacom explains: “Belgacom has always played a pioneering role in the industry. Since 2003, we have pursued a comprehensive Fiber-to-the-Cabinet and VDSL strategy, with currently tens of thousands of optical street cabinets bringing high speed broadband to our customers. One year ago, we were the first to announce our VDSL2 Vectoring plans as an extension to this strategy; today, we can proudly confirm that we are well on track to engage in a mass rollout of VDSL2 Vectoring throughout the country.

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