Flemish government reaches agreement with providers on gigabit fiber in 2020

Jul

23

2018

Flemish government has reached an agreement Monday with providers Proximus and Telenet. There must be a ‘network of the future’ by 2020, which must be able to deliver speeds of up to 1Gbit / s via optical fiber. The earlier plan for a government company is therefore out of the question.

Datanews writes that the Flemish Minister for Innovation, Philippe Muyters, announced in the radio program De Ochtend the results of the talks with the providers. For example, he agreed a memorandum of understanding with Telenet and Proximus . The providers report that four conditions have been formulated: ‘a future-proof capacity, a sufficiently high coverage ratio, an open access for other market players and a fair and competitive remuneration’. According to Datanews Muyters thinks that coverage and price are the most important points. No additional investments would be included in the agreements from both sides.

In September last year Muyters announced plans to realize the expansion of the fiber network with a government company . That option describes Datanews as ‘a stick behind the door’ if the providers did not want to cooperate. Muyters wanted to enter into a conversation with Proximus and Telenet at the time; even then the requirement existed that the providers would open up their network to other providers and that they would use an affordable price.

According to Datanews, Proximus says: “The minister had expressed a certain concern, about which we had a very constructive dialogue, and we were able to make it clear that our fiber optic plan does indeed meet the government’s priorities, which is a recognition of this. “

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