Telenet and Fluvius begin talks on FTTH cooperation in Flanders

30 Jun 2020

Belgian cable operator Telenet has entered talks with utility grid operator Fluvius regarding a potential partnership to roll out FTTH in the Flanders region, according to a press release issued by the two companies. Fluvius, which initiated a pilot project in early 2019 to deploy open fibre infrastructure connecting 15,000 homes in five cities and municipalities (Antwerp, Diksmuide, Ghent, Genk and Poperinge) for use by service providers, noted it is keen to maintain the concept of an open network available to all Flemish families and companies, both in urban and rural areas, with ‘non-discriminatory conditions allowing in full free competition between service providers’. Telenet, meanwhile, said it shares Fluvius’s ambition to build a network for the future, and that the talks are in line with its strategic focus to combine HFC and fibre-optic technology. The two companies expect the discussions to last until the beginning of 2021 and no further statements about the project will be made until then.

Belgium, Fluvius, Telenet (incl. BASE)