The launch of 5G
5G is here and its deployment across the country is being scheduled in stages. Discover the different phases.
FIRST LABORATORY TESTS
The first laboratory tests were conducted in Belgium.
LAUNCH OF 5G IN EUROPE
5G really took off in the world and in Europe in. That’s when the first public networks appeared.
THE FIRST SITE TESTS
The first site tests, in the open air, took place in Haasrode.
LAUNCH OF 5G IN BELGIUM
April: 5G technology launched in Belgium. A new smartphone (Oppo) dedicated to 5G is available and end users note an increase in speed of around 30%. Before the summer: the BIPT (Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications) would grant temporary licenses for deployment in the new frequency bands intended specifically for 5G. During 2020: the first routers and other industrial devices will be available on a bigger scale.
CONSTRUCTION, AUCTION & IMPLEMENTATION
Start of construction of the shared Proximus and Orange access network Auctioning of 5G frequencies to grant rights of use for 20 years. Phase depends on a federal and regional decision. Start of gradual deployment of 5G at national level. This phase will be staggered over several years.
NEW FUNCTIONS FOR B2B
Provision of new functionalities for B2B: Slicing (virtual networks for specific uses) and Mobile Private Networks.