4G internet coming to Brussels


The first 4-G mobile internet network will be launched in Brussels by the end of the year.

Through a recent takeover, B-lite has become the proprietor of a total of 76 transmission masts across Brussels. The company now plans to use them to provide a 4G internet service.

The company plans to get round the Brussels-Capital Region’s stringent mast emission restrictions by investing exclusively in a 4G network and not using up valuable mast capacity by also offering 2G and 3G mobile internet to customers in the capital.

It will be able to do so as, unlike other operators such as Proximus and Mobistar, it won’t be proving services using old 2G and 3G technology.

B-lite’s CEO Max Heilbron said that “If the existing operators were to offer a 4G service on top of their existing 2G and 3G services they would exceed the 3 volt per metre limit. We will be starting off with 4G only which means that we will start from scratch.”

Tests carried out by B-lite in May were positive. The new 4G network should be available by the end of the year. A B-lite modem will be required as well as a smartphone or tablet that 4G compatible.