Belgacom picks Huawei for Proximus network upgrade

24 Nov 2009

Belgian incumbent Belgacom, which offers mobile voice services under the Proximus banner, has contracted Chinese vendor Huawei to upgrade its mobile network with the latter’s Single Radio Access Network (SingleRAN) solution. Under the long-term frame agreement between the two companies, Belgacom will see its nationwide infrastructure upgraded to offer GSM, UMTS and Long Term Evolution (LTE) over a single network using multiple frequencies, providing a simplified high-capacity, high-performance service. The Belgian telco claims that the new infrastructure will allow it to operate more cost-effectively while rolling out faster mobile data technology to the entire country. Commenting on the development, Scott Alcott, Executive Vice-President Service Delivery Engine & Wholesale of Belgacom, said: ‘By partnering with Huawei for the progressive swap of the current Proximus radio network, Belgacom continues to pursue its fixed mobile convergence strategy in a controlled way. It will allow [us] to further reinforce Belgacom’s mobile leadership in Belgium over the years to come.’

Belgium, Huawei Technologies