Proximus Launches 3G

Proximus announces commercial launch of its 3G services in Belgium

April 13, 2004

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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Proximus today announces the commercial launch of its 3G services. Reinforcing its Mobile Business Solutions strategy - tailored to help companies increase their productivity, efficiently control their costs and generate revenues - Proximus 3G service targets business customers first with the Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G/GPRS datacard, Europe's first high speed laptop datacard.

Selected business customers are already using the Proximus 3G network and the Vodafone Mobile Connect Card to evaluate its potential implementation in their companies. Proximus 3G coverage is available in six major cities: Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Liège and Namur. It will extend in those cities and include 6 more cities by the end of 2004.

With data rates of up to 384kbps, the Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G/GPRS datacard enables Proximus business customers to access all their usual office applications like e-mail, calendar and internet at up to 7 times the speed of a fixed line dial up, and up to 10 times the speed of GPRS.

Designed to meet the needs of individuals, small businesses and large corporate customers alike, the Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G/GPRS datacard plugs into a laptop and provides a simple, integrated and secure means of accessing information and data anytime, anywhere, staying always connected while only paying for the information they actually send or receive.

All users benefit from seamless inter-working across Proximus' UMTS and GPRS networks. When entering 3G coverage areas, users will experience significantly higher data speeds. Where users are outside the range of 3G coverage the service automatically switches to the Proximus GPRS network, which covers more than 99% of the Belgian population.

As from 13 May, the Vodafone Mobile Connect 3G/GPRS datacard will be available for all customers at 371,07 EUR VAT excl. Proximus data bundles for business customers are available starting from 2 EUR VAT excl. for 1 MB. Proximus also introduces a new 100 MB bundle for 50 EUR VAT excl.

3G roaming will be available from the beginning in Belgium's neighbouring countries, soon after extending across Europe and beyond. Of course, customers will still be able to roam on 2 & 2.5G in with all existing partners.

Philippe Vander Putten, Chief Executive Officer Proximus: "Proximus introduced GSM to Belgium in 1994. It has continued to innovate ever since, developing a superior quality network stretching across the country and offering state-of-the-art products to all its customers, private and professional. The launch of our first 3G services is a major milestone in Proximus' journey. With significantly higher data rates and greater capacity, business customers will really start to see and experience the huge benefits of 3G, by being able to do more, faster."


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