Proximus reveals network achievements under CTO Geert Standaert

Proximus announced the telecom operator’s latest achievements during the June quarter of 2019.
Proximus Capex Q2 2019

Geert Standaert is the chief technology officer of Proximus.

Proximus invested 466 million euros towards Capex excluding spectrum by end-June 2019 as compared with 459 million euros in the first half of 2018.

Proximus made its investments in new digital platforms, its fiber for Belgium project and the modernization of its transport network (TITAN).

Proximus is deploying fiber in 11 cities, with Aalst and Vilvoorde announced in the first half of 2019.

Proximus invested in its mobile network to enhance quality of mobile service while coping with a continuous increase in data usage. The average data usage was above 2.7 GB/month, registering an increase of nearly 50 percent.

Dominique Leroy is the CEO of Proximus.

Proximus TV customer base totaled 1,631,000, with +5,000 new subscriptions in the second quarter of 2019 (+2.4 percent).

Proximus’s fixed Internet customers grew to 2,071,000 in June, with 6,000 lines added in the second quarter (+1.9 percent).

The amount of fixed voice lines was 2,477,000, a decrease of 36,000 lines in the second quarter of 2019 (–4.8 percent).
Proximus Opex Q2 2019

Proximus said mobile post-paid customer base grew by 25,000 in the second quarter (+2.9 percent) to 4,066,000. Proximus pre-paid customer base reached 753,000 dropping 29,000 or –14.9 percent.

The number of M2M connections reached 1,566,000 (+25.8 percent) by end-June with the addition of 134,000 in the second quarter.

Proximus added 13,000 customers in the second quarter to its convergent customer base,.

“We managed to further grow our customer base in a highly competitive setting, through our dual brand strategy and segmented approach,” Dominique Leroy said.

Proximus on 11 July announced mobile access network sharing deal with Orange Belgium to meet the increasing customer demand for mobile network quality and deeper indoor coverage and speed up 5G roll-out in Belgium.

Proximus reported revenue of 1.413 billion (–2.7 percent) euros in the second quarter of 2019 and 2.828 billion euros (–2.2 percent) in H1 2019.

EBITDA of Proximus for the second quarter of 2019 was 484 million euro (–0.9 percent) and 947 million euros (+0.5 percent) in the first six months of 2019.