Proximus to begin phasing out VDSL broadband services in March

24 Jan 2022

Belgian full-service provider Proximus will begin phasing out VDSL fixed broadband services in some areas from March, according to a report by Belga news agency. The process of shifting customers to faster, but potentially more expensive, fibre-optic connections will begin in late March in the Boulevard Anspach district of Brussels, with areas of other cities including Liege, Namur, Charleroi, Ghent, Hasselt and Deurne set to follow later in the year. With Proximus’s fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network passing 686,000 homes and businesses across the country at the end of September 2021, company spokesman Fabrice Gansbeke noted the move avoids the operator having to maintain two networks in parallel.

Proximus’s cheapest fibre subscription costs EUR42.95 (USD48.72) per month, compared with EUR27.50 for VDSL. The operator has indicated, however, that existing copper customers will be offered fibre packages at their old rate for some time to come. Meanwhile, customers who subscribe to VDSL services through Proximus’s low-cost subsidiary Scarlet, which does not currently market fibre packages, have been informed that their service will be cancelled. Proximus wants to accommodate these customers by giving them a Proximus fibre subscription at the much lower Scarlet rate for two years.

Belgium, Proximus, Scarlet Telecom (Belgium)