Following the signature of the MoU, DELTA Fiber and Proximus will now engage in the negotiation of specific terms for the roll-out of 1.5 million fiber optic connections to build in Flanders. Subject to the final agreement, the parties want to establish a joint venture to secure the roll-out and operation of the fiber network. By joining forces, DELTA Fiber and Proximus accelerate the roll-out of fiber in Belgium and a significant growth in coverage will be realized.
DELTA Fiber, a Dutch telecom company, has a long track record and expertise in building next-generation networks. As a fast growing fiber company, with over 700.000 fiber connections all throughout the Netherlands, the company is heading for 1 million connections by the end of 2021. DELTA Fiber has the ambition to accelerate fiber roll out and is now opting to also develop activities in Belgium together with Proximus.
End of March, Proximus expressed its ambition to accelerate the roll-out of its fiber network as a crucial pillar of the renewed #inspire2022 strategy, with the purpose of connecting 2.4 million living units by 2025. To achieve this, Proximus committed to an acceleration of its investments to guarantee a faster and more efficient fiber roll-out, while adopting an open mindset towards cooperation and co-investment.
Marco Visser, CEO of DELTA Fiber
“I am very excited about the upcoming partnership with Proximus which will enable us, next to our ever expanding footprint in the Netherlands, to also deploy fiber in Belgium. For many years already DELTA Fiber has vast experience in the roll out of fiber, both independently as well as in collaboration with partners. It’s our ambition to speed up building fiber optic networks and provide as many people as soon as possible with access to fast internet. I am very confident that, together with Proximus, we will further accelerate the built out of a future proof network which will be open to all service providers in Belgium.”
Guillaume Boutin, CEO of Proximus
“Partnerships are a crucial building block in our #inspire2022 strategy and we have made a clear commitment to build an open fiber network of reference for Belgium. The envisioned collaboration with DELTA Fiber perfectly fits within this strategy. Throughout the first discussions, we have come to know DELTA Fiber as an agile and reliable company and we are confident that they are the ideal partner to support the acceleration of our roll-out in Flanders. I am excited to go ahead with the further discussions and work closely together to bring fiber faster to even more citizens and businesses in Belgium.”
By this agreement, DELTA Fiber and Proximus take a major step forward towards delivering on the gigabit network of the future to the benefit of customers, employees, stakeholders and society at large. Fiber is the ultimate broadband platform, allowing to transmit data at the speed of light while being more energy efficient. It allows a stable, ultra-fast and low-latency internet experience without interruptions, no matter how many people or devices are connected, and offers the stability and reliability that businesses need in their daily operations.
Proximus and DELTA Fiber will provide a more detailed update once a final agreement is reached.