Proximus Launches "Fiber for Belgium" with $3.12 Billion Investment

  • Proximus
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — Proximus announced that it will accelerate the roll-out of fiber on its fixed network thanks to its "Fiber for Belgium" investment of €3 billion ($3.12 billion) in the coming 10 years. In the coming years, data traffic and digital services will continue to grow exponentially, mainly driven by cloud and video applications and by the Internet of Things. As a pioneer in network technologies, Proximus wants to anticipate the needs of its customers and prepare its infrastructure for the future.

  • Fiber is the fixed network of the future: thanks to unrivaled speeds, which can be identical in download and upload, fiber is an enabler for new ways of living and working, offering a very high level of customer satisfaction

  • Proximus will cover more than 85 percent of all enterprises and more than 50 percent of all households with fiber

  • Dense city areas will be fully fiberized, starting with a progressive roll-out in six cities early 2017: Antwerp, Brussels, Charleroi, Ghent, Namur and Roeselare.


In a highly competitive market, Proximus believes that the superior experience created by fiber, with ultra-fast download and upload speeds and unrivaled responsiveness, will lead to an increase of its market share in the residential segment and to a strengthening of its position in the enterprise segment.

Proximus Brings Fiber to the Home
Proximus has been a pioneer in fiber for years. In 2004, it was the first operator in Europe to start building a national fiber network. And today, Proximus is among the world’s top five operators for the proportion of Fiber in its VDSL network with over 21,000 kilometers of optical fiber connecting its street cabinets. Since the launch of its ‘Fit for Growth’ strategy, Proximus has rolled out fiber in over 80 percent of business zonings in Belgium and more than 6,000 of its enterprise customers are connected to fiber today.

"By investing €3 billion ($3.12 billion) in the national roll-out of this future-proof next generation network, we will allow our customers to fully capture the opportunities of the digital era, bringing download and upload speeds in Belgium to an unprecedented level," said Dominique Leroy, CEO of Proximus. "Fiber offers customers the ultimate broadband experience to surf, stream, game and work at the speed of light. When we say that we’re going to accelerate the deployment of Fiber in Belgium, we really mean it! Every minute, we will cover an extra home with Fiber."

Progressive Roll-out in Six Cities
In the months and years to come, Proximus wants to accelerate the roll-out of Fiber in Belgium, with the objective to reach more than 85 percent of businesses and more than 50 percent of households. Connecting businesses remains a priority for Proximus. From a financial and operational point of view, it clearly makes sense to combine the deployment of fiber to the business in dense city areas with bringing fiber inside homes and apartments, as it allows the roll-out of fiber to the home to be done at an acceptable cost in these areas. As of early 2017, Proximus will be the first operator in Belgium to bring fiber inside existing homes and apartments, starting with a progressive roll-out in six big cities: Antwerp, Brussels, Charleroi, Ghent, Namur and Roeselare.

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