Proximus Picks Huawei

Belgacom contracts with Huawei for its Proximus Radio Access Network

November 23, 2009

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BRUSSELS -- 2G, 3G and LTE services will be simultaneously supported by a “Single Radio Access Network” platformBelgacom, the Belgian incumbent telecom operator, and Huawei, a leader in providing next-generationtelecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, announced the signature of a frameagreement enabling the progressive upgrade of its entire radio access network with Huawei’s innovative andindustry-leading SingleRAN solution across Belgium. The new network will enable a cost-effective nationalrollout of fast mobile data technology, allowing more than 5 million Belgacom mobile subscribers to enjoy anincomparable mobile broadband experience.

Under this long-term frame agreement, Belgacom will upgrade the entire radio access network across GSM,UMTS, LTE and multiple frequencies, providing a simplified high-capacity, high-performance network and afuture-proof investment. This upgrade will cover the whole Belgian territory over the years to come.

Scott Alcott, Executive Vice-President Service Delivery Engine & Wholesale of Belgacom, said: “Bypartnering with Huawei for the progressive swap of the current Proximus radio network, Belgacomcontinues to pursue its fixed mobile convergence strategy in a controlled way. It will allow to furtherreinforce Belgacom’s mobile leadership in Belgium over the years to come. Several key suppliers werecompeting for this strategic deal; this fierce competition resulted in attractive financial proposals for theGroup as well as aggressive technological roadmaps allowing to keep up with leading-edge technologies.”“We are confident that the new network will help Belgium make a quantum leap towards an informationsociety enjoying ubiquitous broadband, boost the local economy and reinforce Belgium as the technologybellwether among other European countries,’’ said Yu Chengdong, President of Huawei Europe. “Byapplying Huawei’s state-of-the-art SingleRAN solution, Belgacom can significantly improve servicequality, save energy consumption and reduce CO2 emissions while creating a greener network across thecountry.’’

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

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