Proximus expands 4.5G network to 7 cities

Friday 11 August 2017 | 14:28 CET | News

Belgian operator Proximus has expanded its 4.5G network, using LTE Advanced Pro, to seven cities. First launched in February, the faster speeds will be rolled out extensively in the coming weeks and months, the company said. 

The service using carrier aggregation first started in Charleroi, Antwerp and Ghent in February. Proximus said the service offers a much better user experience, with theoretical maximum speeds of 900 Mbps. It's now also available in parts of Aalst, Bruges, Leuven, Nieuwpoort and Sint-Niklaas, focusing on areas with extensive business activity such as the Antwerp harbour and industrial zones. Proximus is also targeting university cities, where coverage will expand ahead of the new school year. 

The basic 4G service already covers 99.9 percent of the population outdoors and up to 97.8 percent indoors. 

The 4.5G roll-out is supported by network equipment from Huawei and handsets from Sony and Samsung. The faster service works initially with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.

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