Belgacom expands relationship with Cisco to evolve network

19 Sep 2014

Belgian telecommunications service provider Belgacom has purchased additional Cisco mobile internet products to help develop its mobile network. The Cisco ASR 5000 Series will reportedly allow for unified management of Belgacom’s existing 2G and 3G services, as well as presenting a foundation for the service provider’s new Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. In addition, Belgacom expects to see ‘immediate benefits’ from running 2G, 3G and 4G on the same platform, while the use of the Cisco ASR 5000 Series for its mobile network will also enable ‘access innovation, such as carrier Wi-Fi, small cells and HetNet self-organising network (SON)’.

Wim Bouckenooghe, Head of Core Service Platforms at Belgacom, was cited as saying: ‘The Cisco ASR 5000 Series is a single-packet core platform that allows us to operate multiple technologies including 2G, 3G, LTE and small cells in our mobile network. Cisco’s elastic architecture also allows us to easily and rapidly scale mobile Internet services, which are a fast growing market in Belgium.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Belgacom, which offers mobile services under the brand name Proximus, held 42.0% of the Belgian subscriber market share at end-June 2014, with 5.323 million subscribers at that date.

Belgium, Cisco Systems