Belgian full-service telecoms operator Proximus has revealed plans to connect more than 60,000 homes and businesses in the Flemish outskirts of Brussels to its open fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network by 2023. The company will roll out fibre in Grimbergen, Machelen, Zaventem, Kraainem, Wezembeek-Oppem and Tervuren over the next two years, as part of a wider aim to achieve coverage of 83% in the seven municipalities by 2028.
Proximus kicked off fibre deployment in the municipality of Vilvoorde in the Flemish periphery of Brussels in 2019 and construction has recently begun in Machelen and Kraainem, with 12,500 homes and businesses in these areas already connected to the network. Work will commence in Grimbergen and Tervuren before the end of the year, followed by parts of Zaventem in early 2022 and Wezembeek-Oppem from early 2023.
Under its ‘Fibre for Belgium’ investment plan, Proximus aims to connect as many as 4.2 million households and companies to fibre – equivalent to 70% national fibre coverage – by the end of 2028. The operator’s FTTP network passed 621,000 premises at the end of June 2021.