The regional Belgian government of Flanders has issued a framework contract to three telecoms players Nextel, Proximus and Orange for fixed and mobile services, as well as a virtual phone exchange, writes Datanews. The contract is valid for a period of seven years and means that government organisations in Flanders can choose whether or not they subscribe to it. Ministries, agencies, cities, provinces and local police are all able to acquire telecoms services as part of the agreement.
In the agreement Proximus was awarded the segment for fixed telephony, marketing numbers and fixed data communication, as well as responsibility for mobile telephony and data services. Orange will provide mobile data services for M2M/IoT, while Nextel will serve the region with virtual PBX services, supporting fixed-mobile convergence.