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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.

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.

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.

America Movil eyes full control of KPN

Big spender: Carlos Slim, head of America Movil

Latin American operator group America Movil has made an offer to acquire the outstanding shares in Dutch operator group KPN. The Mexico-based firm already owns a 29.8 per cent stake in the operator but is looking to own it outright, or at least secure a majority share, as it steps up its efforts to expand further into Europe.

KPN sees Q3 profit drop by a third

KPN's profits have slipped in 3Q12

Dutch operator group KPN has seen its quarterly net profit fall by 32 per cent year on year, and has blamed increased competition in the German market as a key factor for its poor performance. The operator recorded net profit of €250m for 3Q12, compared with the €368m it made in 3Q11. This was despite revenue falling by a comparatively modest 6.5 per cent year on year, from €3,256m to €3,044m.

Lack of interest scuppers KPN’s Base sale

KPN is looking to streamline in the face of challenging market conditions

Dutch incumbent KPN has called off the sale of its Belgian subsidiary Base after failing to receive a high enough offer. The firm said Wednesday morning that the sale was discontinued because “current difficult market conditions are reflected in unsatisfactory non-binding offers for Base.” KPN announced plans to sell the operation in June. It is also looking to divest German operation E-Plus.

KPN offloads Belgian B2B, carrier assets

Dutch carrier KPN has entered into an agreement to sell its Belgian B2B and carrier business to local rival Mobistar for €65m.

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.

Blyk brings in NSN to help with expansion

Ad funded MVNO Blyk announced plans to expand into Belgium on Thursday, tapping Nokia Siemens Networks to host its core network. Blyk, which launched its first services in the UK just over a year ago, is unusual no just in the fact that it has an ad funded business model, but also in that it [...]

iPhone gets VoIP, operators get worried

Apple iPhone users will be able to circumvent cellular networks to make calls thanks to a voice over internet protocol app supplied by Belgian phone firm Nomado Telecom. The tech provider claims callers could make savings of up to 80 per cent connecting to the internet via the terminal’s wifi connection. Calls made via Nomado’s [...]

SIMlock free iPhone comes to Belgium

The iPhone 3G will be available SIMlock free in Belgium on Friday, local operator Mobistar has revealed. Belgium is one of those European countries where forced bundling and device exclusivity are outlawed on networks. As a result, consumers have to pay a hefty price for the hardware, but they can use it on any network. [...]

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