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Industry downplays Regin after Belgacom hack

Security vendors claim Regin comes from either the US or UK governments

News of an extremely advanced malware attack on Belgacom, members of the European Union and a well-known Belgian cryptographer, has been downplayed by stakeholders in the information security (infosec) industry.

Belgacom launches consumer cloud service

Belgian incumbent operator Belgacom has launched a cloud storage service for its fixed internet customers, offering 10GB of storage for free, 30GB for a monthly fee of €2.95 and 200GB for €9.95/month. The Belgacom Cloud service will also enable users to access stored files across the operator’s pay TV system, Belgacom TV.

Cloud Team Alliance extends EU footprint with PT, KPN

The Cloud Team Alliance, a partnership inked between Belgian telco Belgacom and Numergy, a French cloud computing specialist, announced this week that the group has extended its alliance to include two other European operators, Portugal Telecom and KPN.

JDSU wins optimisation deal with Belgacom

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Network optimisation specialist JDSU has won a deal with Belgian incumbent Belgacom that will see the operator deploy JDSU’s ariesoGEO location-enabled optimisation solution in its 2G, 3G and LTE networks. The product uses data from a range of user-focused network events cross-referenced with the event location to build a geographical picture of real-time network performance.

Belgacom to brand all domestic Belgian services as Proximus

Operator group Belgacom SA has chosen to drop the Belgacom brand name for the services it offers in the country, choosing instead to brand all mobile, fixed and IT services under the Proximus brand

Belgian operator Belgacom has chosen to drop the Belgacom brand name for the services it offers in the country, choosing instead to brand all mobile, fixed and IT services under the Proximus brand. The change will come into effect at the end of 2014.

Belgacom activates VDSL2 vectoring network

Belgacom has activated a nationwide VDSL2 vectoring network which it says will deliver vastly faster fixed broadband speeds to subscribers

Belgian operator Belgacom has activated a nationwide VDSL2 vectoring network which it says will deliver vastly faster fixed broadband speeds to subscribers. The operator teamed up with network infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent in an effort to extend the capabilities of DSL technology.

Belgacom and Microsoft partner to teach kids safety in the cloud

Microsoft and Belgacom are partnering with Child Focus to host workshops on internet safety for children

To mark Safe Internet Day on Tuesday, Microsoft and Belgian telco Belgacom are teaming up with Child Focus (The Foundation for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children) to deliver workshops in Belgian schools, teaching kids how to navigate the web safely by educating on the potential consequences of their online actions.

Proximus makes LTE free in Belgium

Apple is under fire for blocking LTE access

Belgian carrier Proximus has made LTE access available to all customers at no extra cost, going against the grain of operators charging a premium for the service.

Belgacom appoints CEO

Dominique Leroy has been appointed Belgacom CEO

Belgian operator Belgacom has appointed Dominique Leroy as its CEO, following the firing of former CEO Didier Bellens.

Big exit

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The end of the year is fast approaching and the world is full of people who have just about had enough. Some are choosing to make their own exit, looking for greener pastures in the New Year, while others are having the door help open for them by judgmental colleagues, investors or even the government.

Belgian Government sacks Belgacom CEO over criticism

Didier Bellens, Belgacom CEO, was sacked by the Belgian Government on Friday.

The CEO of Belgian incumbent operator Belgacom, Didier Bellens, has been sacked by the state Government, which is the firm’s largest shareholder. The announcement was made late Friday by Prime Minister Elio di Rupo, who said that the Government was unable to tolerate the public criticisms that Bellens has recently levelled at it.

Belgian 800MHz auction raises €360m

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Belgium’s three mobile operators, Belgacom, Mobistar and KPN-owned Base have each received 2 x 10MHz of 800MHz spectrum in the country’s latest spectrum auction, at a price of €120m per allocation. There were no other entrants in the auction, which was run by Belgian regulator BIPT.

Europe’s wholesale telecoms market remains stable, reports Ovum

Almost all of the leading wholesalers in Europe experienced falling revenues from fixed voice, reported Ovum

Despite the economic downturn, intense competition, and regulatory actions, revenues for the European wholesale telecoms market remained steady between 2010 and 2011, according to research firm Ovum. In the firm’s annual analysis of the size of the European wholesale market it revealed that the market was worth $48.4bn in 2011, just 0.5 per cent less than in 2010. This represents 11 per cent of the leading wholesalers’ total European revenues.

Broadband InfoVision Awards: Best Broadband Experience Award

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With just two weeks to go until this year’s Broadband InfoVision Awards ceremony in Amsterdam, we preview the shortlisted entries for the category Best Broadband Experience Award.

Belgacom, MTN merge carrier services operations

Belgacom, MTN merge carrier services operations

Belgacom’s International Carrier Services (ICS) division has extended its long standing partnership with pan-African carrier MTN, with the combination of the two firms ICS units and MTN’s acquisition of a stake in Belgacom ICS.

A fine time

It’s been a week of pecuniary punishments in the Low Countries, with carriers in both Belgium and the Netherlands on the receiving end of regulatory remonstrations. First up was Proximus, a carrier with a name that makes it sound like a character from the film Gladiator. It’s appropriate, really, as the firm – which is the mobile arm of incumbent telco Belgacom and the market leader – seems to feel as if it’s been stabbed in the back by a petty, power-crazed ruler.

Belgacom sells its Orange arm

Belgian operator Belgacom said Thursday it is selling its stake in the Belgian arm of Orange for Eur147.8m (£99.23m). The company sold the stake citing its future strategies and claiming that it was no longer a “strategic asset”. In a statement the firm said it had waited for an “opportune moment” to sell the unit.

Belgacom moves on Voxmobile

According to reports Wednesday, Belgian firm Belgacom SA is preparing to make an offer for Luxembourg operator, Voxmobile. According to the Belgian newspaper De Tijd, Voxmobile asked investment bank Compagnie Financiere Rothschild to investigate “strategic options”. The paper cited several sources close to the story. The move is seen as a way for Belgacom to [...]

Vodafone sells off Proximus stake

Embattled telecoms giant, Vodafone, today announced its decision to sell its 25 per cent stake in Belgium’s dominant telecoms group, Proximus, to Belgacom. The sale, which will go towards reducing Vodafone’s recent heavy losses, is worth Eur2bn (£1.35bn). Belgacom is 50 per cent owned by the Belgian government and already owns 75 per cent of [...]

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