Proximus Drops Huawei for Nokia and Ericsson
October 12, 2020
Belgium's Proximus has decided to replace its mobile network equipment from Huawei with products from Finnish supplier Nokia and Sweden's Ericsson. The Belgian capital Brussels is where NATO HQ is located.
Nokia has been selected to upgrade the Mobile Radio Access network (RAN) equipment. Ericsson has been selected as Proximus’ main partner for the modernization of its Mobile Data Core network.
This new-generation equipment will enable Proximus to consolidate its position as the undisputed leader in mobile networks in Belgium and to build the 5G network of the future.
Chief Technology Officer said, "The
decision to collaborate with Nokia and Ericsson is crucial in the
execution of our network strategy. Together, we will work hard to
build a best-in-class, open, reliable and sustainable mobile network
to the benefit of the whole country. Along with the strong
acceleration of our fiber roll-out, this modernization will help us
realize our ambition to build the best Gigabit network for Belgium."
Proximus is the first
and only operator in Belgium to have launched a public 5G network.
Six months after launch, 5G is available at 110 different sites in
62 cities and municipalities, mainly in Flanders, with a further
extension foreseen in the coming months. Simultaneously, Proximus
actively explores the possibilities of 5G for industrial
applications in different industries, supported by the temporary
licenses allocated mid-summer by the regulator, and working with
different partners including Port of Antwerp, Brussels Airport and
public broadcaster VRT. In order to further accelerate the
development of 5G use cases, Proximus is also launching a dedicated
5G innovation platform where it will collaborate with the different
players in the market, both local and international, to develop
relevant innovative solutions that answer today’s societal and