China’s ZTE has confirmed that its equipment was used as part of the deployment of LTE services announced by Belgian mobile operator BASE Company early last month. In a press release the vendor noted that, as radio equipment supplier for the cellco it had already helped to construct UMTS and Dual Carrier HSPA+ networks in Belgium, saying that with a Uni-RAN solution that supported ‘smooth evolution and good equipment performance’, it had been selected as a 4G radio equipment supplier for the Belgian outfit.
Li Jun, general manager of ZTE in Benelux and Germany, was cited as saying of the development: ‘I am very pleased that ZTE has been able to help BASE Company roll out its 4G services. I am confident that with this new 4G network ZTE can help BASE Company to build an even stronger position in the Belgian mobile market. For ZTE, this is really a milestone event as we successfully launched another 4G network with an European operator, significantly enhancing our 4G footprint in Europe.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in early October 2013 BASE, Belgium’s smallest cellco by subscribers, inaugurated commercial 4G services in 15 of the country’s large- and medium-sized cities, namely: Aalst, Antwerp, Beveren, Bruges, Charleroi, Genk, Ghent, Hasselt, Kortrijk, Leuven, Liege, Mechelen, Namur, Ostend and Sint-Truiden.