Belgian all-service telecoms operator Proximus has announced plans to cover all homes and businesses in the Brussels region with an open fibre network by the end of 2026. The operator noted that it will have deployed fibre to around 50,000 Brussels homes and businesses before the end of 2020 and now intends to accelerate the rollout to connect an additional 100,000 customers per year from 2022 onwards.
Proximus has divided Brussels into several regions and will deploy its FTTP network in several phases, in close consultation with the authorities of each municipality within Greater Brussels. Coverage is currently available in parts of Uccle, Evere, Etterbeek and Brussels city (Anspach district), and rollout is ongoing in Koekelberg/Molenbeek and Anderlecht. The company is also preparing to begin work in central Brussels, Schaarbeek and Ixelles in early 2021. Before works starts, Proximus will carry out an analysis to optimise the rollout and will opt for wall mounting as far as possible, rather than going underground, especially in densely built-up areas. This will make the rollout much faster, with limited inconvenience for local residents.
Proximus’s FTTP deployment programme is already underway in 16 Belgian cities, passing more than 400,000 homes and businesses. The company aims to connect as many as 4.2 million homes and businesses – equivalent to 70% national fibre coverage – by the end of 2028.