Ericsson and Telenet will build on their established partnership to deploy 5G network across Belgium, it has been announced today. With over 50 years of history in Belgium, Ericsson is a strong partnership choice and will provide technology leadership for Telenet’s new 5G network infrastructure.
The new agreement includes modernising Telenet’s existing RAN (2G/3G/4G) network for faster, reliable and more energy-efficient connectivity, using Ericsson’s 5G radio access network technologies.
“We are on the eve of a next step in our technological evolution. 5G is so much more than a radio technology system - it is the engine for innovation and opportunities for other ways of working, automation and analysis. But as with any next generation it all starts with developing a high-performance network. Choosing the right suppliers and partners is crucial,” said Micha Berger, CTIO Telenet.
Berger continued: “I am therefore pleased to be able to partner with Ericsson to roll out a future-proof mobile network in Belgium that will provide all our residential and professional customers with the best possible user experience. This partnership and cooperation between parties is unique and will keep us at the heart of innovation with cutting edge technology.”
Boost economic recovery
Exploring the costs and benefits of 5G geographical coverage in Europe, there is potential EUR 250 billion benefit for European GDP through a full rollout of 5G, according to a 2021 Analysys Mason report. And deploying 5G across Belgium will certainly help the country boost its economy.
Franck Bouetard, Head of Ericsson Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Algeria and Tunisia, said: “5G plays a critical role for Belgium to meet its digital ambitions and boost economic recovery, and Ericsson is ready to deploy quickly with our leading 5G portfolio.”
“After years of successful collaboration with Telenet, we are pleased to strengthen our relationship, which will see the delivery of high performing, energy-efficient and secure 5G to Telenet’s customers across the country. I am very pleased that we are working together to realize the expansive benefits of 5G and investing in Belgium, and in Europe,” continued Bouetard.
Including this new partnership, Ericsson now has 132 commercial 5G agreements and contracts with unique operators. 76 of these are publicly announced 5G deals, including 79 live 5G networks on four continents.
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