Belgium

KPN poaches Proximus CEO

Dominique Leroy has played Benelux musical chairs by moving from Belgian Proximus to become Dutch KPN’s new CEO.

Proximus bags €400mn loan for fibre rollout

Proximus has announced it will be the recipient of a €400 million loan from the European Investment Bank for the roll-out and upgrading of its fixed broadband infrastructure in Belgium.

Ericsson looks to Belgium to justify 5G

Ericsson and Corda Campus have announced plans to set up a 5G Life Campus in Hasselt, Belgium, which will be used to test new technologies and applications.

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Liberty Belgian subsidiary Telenet acquires BASE from KPN for €1.3 bn

US telco multinational Liberty Global has announced its Telenet Belgian subsidiary is acquiring Belgian mobile network operator BASE Company from Dutch telco KPN for €1.325 billion. Liberty has positioned the acquisition as a “unique opportunity to drive mobile services on attractive financial terms”.

Belgium’s Mobistar trials LTE-A

Belgian operator Mobistar claims to have become the nation’s first to successfully test an LTE-A network, claiming mobile data throughput of over 200Mbps.

Belgacom to brand all domestic Belgian services as Proximus

Belgian operator Belgacom has chosen to drop the Belgacom brand name for the services it offers in the country, choosing instead to brand all mobile, fixed and IT services under the Proximus brand. The change will come into effect at the end of 2014.

Belgacom activates VDSL2 vectoring network

Belgian operator Belgacom has activated a nationwide VDSL2 vectoring network which it says will deliver vastly faster fixed broadband speeds to subscribers. The operator teamed up with network infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent in an effort to extend the capabilities of DSL technology.

Proximus makes LTE free in Belgium

Belgian carrier Proximus has made LTE access available to all customers at no extra cost, going against the grain of operators charging a premium for the service.

Belgacom appoints CEO

Belgian operator Belgacom has appointed Dominique Leroy as its CEO, following the firing of former CEO Didier Bellens.

Belgian Government sacks Belgacom CEO over criticism

The CEO of Belgian incumbent operator Belgacom, Didier Bellens, has been sacked by the state Government, which is the firm’s largest shareholder. The announcement was made late Friday by Prime Minister Elio di Rupo, who said that the Government was unable to tolerate the public criticisms that Bellens has recently levelled at it.

Belgian 800MHz auction raises €360m

Belgium’s three mobile operators, Belgacom, Mobistar and KPN-owned Base have each received 2 x 10MHz of 800MHz spectrum in the country’s latest spectrum auction, at a price of €120m per allocation. There were no other entrants in the auction, which was run by Belgian regulator BIPT.

America Movil eyes full control of KPN

Latin American operator group America Movil has made an offer to acquire the outstanding shares in Dutch operator group KPN. The Mexico-based firm already owns a 29.8 per cent stake in the operator but is looking to own it outright, or at least secure a majority share, as it steps up its efforts to expand further into Europe.

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