Telenet and Orange Belgium have signed two fixed wholesale agreements, subject to the completion of the VOO acquisition by Orange Belgium.
The 15-year agreements cover both current hybrid-fiber coaxial (HFC) and future fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technologies in both network areas.
Telenet will be able to access for the first time the VOO cable network in Wallonia and the remaining one-third of Brussels, covering around 1.8 million homes passed today.
The agreements will include access to future FTTH deployments. Combined with Telenet’s existing nationwide mobile network and its fixed network in Flanders, parts of Brussels and the boot of Hainaut in Wallonia, Telenet will be able to provide fixed-mobile converged services in the whole of Belgium.
Since 2016, Orange Belgium has provided fixed internet and TV services on Telenet’s HFC network through the regulated open access model. Orange Belgium will become a wholesale customer on Telenet’s future FTTH network at pre-agreed terms, increasing network penetration and improving the return on investment on Telenet’s investments in fiber.
“Through the agreements, we now have a clear path to wholesale access in the south of Belgium, complementing our existing fixed footprint in Flanders, parts of Brussels and the boot of Hainaut in Wallonia in addition to our nationwide mobile network coverage,” said John Porter, Telenet’s Chief Executive Officer.