Belgacom and Alcatel-Lucent to improve broadband access speed in Europe


Alcatel-Lucent and Belgacom, the largest telecommunications company in Belgium, announced that they are introducing innovations to increase access speeds to the Internet.

The two companies are introducing the latest technology to enhance the offering of broadband services throughout Belgium.

Belgacom will boost performance over its national triple-play network to provide guaranteed speeds of 50 megabits per second and beyond, setting a new standard of quality for Belgian citizens as of 2014.

Eight years ago, Belgacom was first in Europe to invest in a nationwide fiber-rich network, representing more than 16.500 km of fiber and 19.000 neighbourhood street cabinets powered by Alcatel-Lucent’s technology. Today Belgacom is serving more than one million customers with television and high speed internet.

The current 78.9 percent national VDSL2 coverage, progressing to 85 percent by end 2013, makes Belgium one of the world’s leading broadband nations in fiber networks.

This long-term cooperation between the two companies has been a key supporting element for Alcatel-Lucent in being first – to-market with a nationwide VDSL2 vectoring program.

Our continuous network modernization over the years has positioned Belgium among the leading broadband nations in the world.  Together with the expertise of Alcatel-Lucent, we continue to deploy innovative solutions to leverage our existing copper infrastructure in a fast and cost-effective way, delivering a higher quality broadband experience to our subscribers. This latest phase in our collaboration will play a major role in meeting the European Digital Agenda 2020 goals,” said Scott Alcott, executive vice president service delivery engine at Belgacom.

With our vast experience in all types of broadband networks, we help operators deploy broadband faster to meet the expectations set by the European Commission’s Digital Agenda 2020 initiative. Our innovations help ensure that copper access networks, which are widely deployed across Europe, remain a powerful option to deliver high-performance broadband. Today, communications service providers are looking for ways to get the most out of their existing networks, and as a leader in fixed broadband access, we continue to push the boundaries of the possible,” said Stephen Carter, president, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Alcatel-Lucent.

Alcatel-Lucent recently announced that it enhanced its broadband portfolio to further accelerate the availability of superfast broadband services.

With the first commercial availability of VDSL2 Vectoring technology, Alcatel-Lucent is helping communications service providers boost the data speeds and capacity of existing copper access networks to bring consumers and businesses broadband speeds of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) and beyond.

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