Telenet Turns to ZTE to Transform BASE Network in Belgium
Published on: 7th Sep 2016
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ZTE has announced the signing of a network modernization deal with Telenet, the largest provider of cable broadband services in Belgium. Telenet acquired mobile operator BASE from KPN for EUR 1.325 billion in 2015.
ZTE has been selected by Telenet as the official vendor for its national UniRan radio access network in Belgium.
Telenet has announced its intention to invest EUR 300 million over and above investments already announced earlier, with EUR 250 million earmarked for the transformation of its mobile network.
"Since the takeover of BASE, we've already explained on many occasions how high our mobile ambitions are. Today, we're ready and the project is taking shape," said John Porter, CEO Telenet. "Telenet is absolutely delighted to have found in ZTE a partner capable of helping us achieve our ambition: To develop a high-quality mobile network which will help the company to profile itself as a leading converged operator in Belgium and Europe, against the background of a telecommunications and entertainment market which is undergoing massive changes."
The long-term partnership with ZTE is focused on the modernization of radio equipment across over the whole country. By replacing 2G base stations and optimizing both indoor and outdoor 3G, 4G and 4G+ coverage, ZTE is enabling Telenet to increase network capacity ready to accommodate by 2018 all its mobile clients currently hosted on the Orange network.
Due to be completed by the spring of 2018, ENGIE Fabricom and PTM will work closely together with Telenet and ZTE on operational level (physical replacement of the radio stations, wiring) and administrative level (access to sites, licences, etc.) support respectively.