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Belgium : BELGACOM to launch its 4G network commercially in Q3.

Belgium's major mobile network operator in terms of subscribers, Belgacom Mobile or Proximus intends to launch its 4G network commercially in Q3.

It seems that Belgacom will initially launch its Long Term Evolution (LTE) services in eight areas, including : Liege, Namur, Antwerp, Mons, Waver, Ghent, Leuven, Hasselt and the Haasrode industrial park.

During the last year in June the firm announced its plans to roll out an LTE network as well as a collaboration with the Wi-Fi provider Fon, with the cellco saying that its plans would back the convergence of fixed and mobile networks, enabling users seamlessly switch from fixed to mobile internet. The operator confirmed at that time that it would use its existing rights in the 1800MHz band to conduct a trial of the LTE network with a limited number of users, in anticipation of a commercial launch when LTE smartphones were made available. The test network could initially be availed in Hasselt, Bergen, Waver and Haasrode.

In July this year Belgacom informed that it was extending the trials of the 4G technology to five more cities, which were: Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Liege and Namur.

It had simultaneously confirmed that it was likely to launch commercial LTE services by the year- end.

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