Belgian mobile network operator BASE Company has announced that it is now offering commercial 4G services in the capital Brussels. On the back of recent changes in regulation which have allowed the country’s cellcos to finally introduce LTE in Brussels – strict technical restrictions in the city had previously prevented deployments of the technology – BASE has said that ten communes had been covered in the first phase of its rollout, those being: Anderlecht, Auderghem, St-Agatha Berchem, Brussels city, Evere, Ganshoren, Jette, Koekelberg, Woluwe St Lambert and Woluwe St Pierre. Looking ahead, BASE has said it aims to offer full 4G in Brussels ‘as soon as possible’.
With LTE now on offer in the capital, BASE has said that its 4G network is now available in more than 650 cities, villages and communes, covering around 50% of the country’s population. Meanwhile, the operator has said its acquisition of 2×10MHz of 4G-suitable spectrum in the 800MHz band will allow it to speed up its rollout in a more cost efficient manner; as previously reported by CommsUpdate, the cellco paid EUR120 million (USD160.9 million) for the frequencies.
In separate but related news, Belgian news source Le Soir reports that BASE rival Mobistar has also introduced commercial LTE services in Brussels, though no details of coverage have been revealed.