This aims to enable both companies to meet the growing demand for mobile network quality and better indoor coverage. It will also enable faster and more complete deployment of 5G in Belgium, they say. The sharing in question also includes 2G, 3G and 4G technologies.
Subject to the final agreement, a common mobile access network (pylons, antennas, radio, base stations, etc.) Will be planned, built and managed by a new joint venture, equally owned by Proximus and Orange. . The latter will not be responsible for the core of the network and the spectrum. Each will keep its strategy on the power of the broadcasting signal, for example.
All terms of the agreement, including the organizational model of the new company, will be further defined in the coming months. The goal is to finish by the end of the year and start preparatory work for the first quarter of 2020. Currently, there are 70 to 80 Proximus workers who join this new entity, according to sources familiar with the subject. .
By sharing certain parts of the infrastructure for accessing the mobile network, operators intend to increase network efficiency and ensure sustainable investments in new technologies, they argue. This will reduce the number of antenna locations, and therefore the visual imprint, and achieve a reduction in total energy consumption of about 20%. Network management and maintenance costs will also be lower.
This announcement is independent of the restructuring plan announced at the beginning of the year in Proximus, which envisions the departure of 1,900 people, and slides behind the scene.