Belgacom customers in Mechelen can now experience broadband connection speeds of 70 Mbps over existing copper lines
Belgacom, Belgium s largest telecommunications services provider, and Alcatel-Lucent announced the activation of the world s first nationwide VDSL2 vectoring network, delivering significantly higher speeds for a better broadband customer experience. This achievement is the result of a successful co-development partnership to further exploit the capabilities of DSL technology.
With the improved technology, Belgacom has boosted broadband connection speeds over traditional copper lines from 30 Mbps on VDSL2 to 70 Mbps on vectored VDSL2 lines. After testing with thousands of subscribers throughout 2013 Belgacom finalized the processes necessary to allow the smooth activation of vectoring for the first customers using a new generation modem, the b-box3.
Nationwide activation of the vectoring technology began in December 2013 with the town of Mechelen to be soon followed by Herstal, Laeken, Roeselaere and Mons. A next phase of towns will be activated from April 2014 onwards. By 2016, Belgacom will have completed the upgrade of its entire VDSL2 network consisting of 22,000 remote optical cabinets, making Belgium one of the best-connected countries in the world.
As the vectoring technology is deployed, Belgacom is preparing for a new era of enhanced digital services, with more non-linear and personalized TV services including TV Replay, personalized content, Video-on-Demand, high quality streaming, Teleworking services, Home monitoring, and evolution to Ultra HDTV (4K). Key facts
Belgacom and Alcatel-Lucent have been collaborating on VDSL2 vectoring since 2011 together with home gateway manufacturers Sagemcom and Technicolor, and the chipset developers Broadcom and Ikanos End 2013, Belgacom had well over 1 million active VDSL2 lines and a VDSL2 network covering 88,5% of the Belgian population. VDSL2 vectoring complements long-term fiber deployments by enabling service providers to use existing infrastructure to quickly and cost-effectively increase internet speeds to meet its retail and wholesale customers demands With Alcatel-Lucent executing The Shift Plan, the industrial strategy to reposition the company as a specialist vendor of IP Networking and Ultra-Broadband Access, VDSL2 vectoring is a key segment of the company s portfolio of technologies enabling telecommunications operators to deliver superfast Internet access to households and enterprises alike.