Belgacom’s VDSL2 network to be powered by Ikanos chipsets

11 Mar 2009 is reporting that Belgian fixed line and broadband provider Belgacom has announced an agreement with semiconductor and software products provider Ikanos Communications for the latter to provide central office and customer premises equipment based on Ikanos chipsets for the operator’s VDSL2 infrastructure. Belgacom’s next generation network, dubbed ‘The Broadway Project’, has been under construction for the last two years and currently covers more than 16,000 street cabinet nodes, providing triple-play services to around 65% of the population; it is expected that the network will eventually extend to 80%. Speaking about the new infrastructure Laurent Claus, vice president of solution development at Belgacom, said, ‘VDSL2 gives us the bandwidth and flexibility we need today, while providing us with a competitive platform to expand our service offering. By upgrading our broadband network to VDSL2 and using a very stable IP platform, we are able to bring high-quality, internet-based capabilities like IPTV to consumers’ homes. The VDSL2 performance allows our customers to enjoy two HDTV channels and surf the internet at the same time.’

Belgium, Proximus