Belgian cable operator Telenet has announced that customers in Flanders and Brussels can now access internet speeds of up to 1Gbps, following a five-year EUR500 million (USD547 million) upgrade programme dubbed ‘The Big Net-works’. More than three million households and businesses across the operator’s cable network can now benefit from a Gigabit service, more than doubling the previously available speeds for the same price until the end of October. The top speed of 1Gbps can be obtained via the company’s GIGA Speedboost package.
Telenet CEO John Porter noted that the company’s upgrade efforts meant it was five years ahead of Belgium’s ‘Digital Agenda’ strategy, which sets a target of at least half of customers having access to speeds of up to 1Gbps by 2020: ‘Giga-networks are a global trend. Where we definitely distinguish ourselves is the fact that we have not limited ourselves to a few specific major cities, but have adapted our entire cable network. From Middelkerke to Achel, from Etterbeek to Kalmthout: our Giga-network is available everywhere.’
Meanwhile, Mr Porter has told Belga news agency that Telenet is still interested in acquiring Voo, and is ‘waiting on the sidelines and watching how the increasingly complex and opaque issue develops’.