At a major industry event at Brussels, Belgium’s largest telecommunications services provider, Belgacom (News - Alert), and Alcatel-Lucent announced that the delivery of broadband at a speed of 50 Mbps to a large majority of Belgian households is soon to become a reality.
Thanks to Alcatel-Lucent’s (News - Alert) VDSL2 Vectoring technology, the two companies are well on track to deliver the next-generation VDSL2 broadband network to Belgium.
In a recent statement, the partnering companies revealed that the tests of the new VDSL2 Vectoring technology confirmed that it is capable of delivering a dedicated speed of 50 megabits per second (Mbps) along with a guaranteed high-quality video experience.
Large-scale customer trials with VDSL2 Vectoring technology will start by end-2012.
This marks a significant improvement over Belgacom’s existing telephone lines, and a vast majority of customers will benefit from the deployment.
Belgacom’s VDSL2 network currently delivers a dedicated speed of 30 Mbps to the vast majority of customers, and a high-quality HDTV experience to more than 83 percent of households.
With more than one million active VDSL2 customers, today Belgium is one of the world’s leading broadband nations.
Last year, Belgacom and Alcatel-Lucent announced their partnership to jointly develop the next-generation VDSL2 System Level Vectoring technology, to achieve the targets set by the European Union’s Digital Agenda and to provide its customers with a truly premium broadband service experience.
Much of Belgium’s broadband success can be attributed to the efforts and investments made by Belgacom.
Belgacom’s early and continuous investment in fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and successive innovations in DSL technology helped Belgium climb to the position of one of the top two European countries in broadband coverage and penetration, according to analysts.
Currently, the company focuses on upgrading its large, nationwide VDSL2 network.
“Belgacom has always played a pioneering role in the industry. Since 2003, we have pursued a comprehensive Fiber-to-the-Cabinet and VDSL strategy, with currently tens of thousands of optical street cabinets bringing high-speed broadband to our customers,” said Geert Standaert, executive vice president of Service Delivery Engine at Belgacom. “One year ago, we were the first to announce our VDSL2 Vectoring plans as an extension to this strategy. Today, we can proudly confirm that we are well on track to engage in a mass rollout of VDSL2 Vectoring throughout the country.”
Edited by Braden Becker