Another 7 cities are getting fiber

Published on 14/05/2019 in News

Another 7 cities are getting fiber

Fiber is the fixed line network of the future. By rolling it out in heavily populated urban areas, even more companies will be connected to fiber.In the past two years, the rollout has started in 9 cities. Another 7 are to be added later this year.

The introduction of fiberglass is accompanied by the phasing out of the existing copper network in these districts. The phasing out process will take five years after the rollout. The Anspach district in Brussels is first in line, followed by other major cities. Residents here are now offered a simplified but attractive fiberglass service.

With the announcement of 'Fiberglass for Belgium' Proximus moved up a gear. The aim is to roll out fiberglass in existing districts, with homes that are already connected to a copper-based access network that uses DSL technologies and traditional PSTN technology. The phasing out process will take five years.

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Why replace the copper network?

In the next few years, data traffic and digital services will continue to grow exponentially, particularly given the use of video and cloud applications and the Internet of Things. As a pioneer in network technologies, Proximus aims to anticipate the needs of its customers and prepares its infrastructure for the future.

The roll-out of fiberglass offers residents and companies in cities access to the most advanced digital services, benefiting growth and employment in the area. All members of the family can browse or stream at the same time, without any loss of quality. Aside from better data protection and reliability, the connected sensors and devices also provide better mobility and public security.

Given the gradual rollout, there will be no question of a 'big bang'. The work will first be carried out in Boulevard Anspach in the center of Brussels. Next on the roster are cities such as Antwerp and Ghent.

To anticipate questions from end users, Proximus wants to inform impacted sectors such as elevators, alarm systems and health care providers so that they can answer questions from clients and, if necessary, present an appropriate alternative.

What should be taken into account upon installation?

  • Programming of the hotline needs to be checked.
  • Protection against power cuts requires a backup battery.
  • Information sent to the alarm center because DTMF tones may be interrupted.
  • The communication between the device and the alarm center via modem (remote maintenance) may be impacted.
  • Internet availability may be lower than with PSTN (less robust technology).
  • The telephone line via a separate copper connection as backup for fixed line internet will no longer be available.

Proximus will, of course, ensure that all the work proceeds smoothly. If you have a question in the meanwhile, please send an e-mail.

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