Belgacom has announced that it has selected Alcatel-Lucent as supplier for the rollout of a fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) VDSL2 network. The network upgrade will enable Belgacom to offer full triple-play services, including multiple IPTV channels on more than one TV set (in a household), simultaneously and High Definition Television (HDTV) to more than 60% of Belgian households by spring 2008.
Deploying VDSL2 is part of Belgacom’s ‘Broadway’ infrastructure project to rollout fibre to the street cabinet level, on a national scale. After successfully passing the integration phases, it has now reached the final lab testing stages in parallel with the necessary IT integration. The large-scale rollout throughout Belgium will cover more than 14,000 nodes. While Belgacom is already offering digital TV to 80% of Belgian households, with a large segment of the population enjoying multiple streams of standard definition television, the superior bandwidth of VDSL2 will transition Belgacom’s TV offering into the HDTV era. Scott Alcott, Executive Vice President of Belgacom’s Service Delivery Engine stated: ‘At the end of June 2007, we had already registered more than 191,000 IPTV users, who are being offered this service over ADSL2+ and VDSL1 technology. To further expand our customer base and introduce HDTV on a large scale, we need to bring our high-bandwidth network closer to the end-user. In our transition to the IP world, Alcatel-Lucent’s VDSL2 solution is fundamental to further expand our Belgacom TV service and internet applications, both in terms of services offered and customers reached.’