Proximus runs tests of 5G internet
As the EU expects at least one city in every country to be 5G ready by 2020, Proximus is testing the next generation of super-fast internet
The new 5G offers speeds up to 100 times faster than the current 4G – as much as 70 GB a second – the equivalent of an entire high-definition film in a matter of seconds. The advance is needed, according to head of technology Geert Standaert, because of the enormous growth in demand for mobile internet.
Smartphones have become the norm as providers offer deep discounts in return for payment plans. And in the near future, with the so-called Internet of Things, apparatus like security cameras, home heating systems and self-driving cars will use the internet to communicate with each other.
But 5G is only in its early stages, a Proximus spokesperson emphasised. It is not expected to be widely available until 2020. “At that time, the EU wants every member state to have one city that is 5G-ready,” the spokesperson said. “In Belgium I see the logical choice falling on Brussels, the capital of Europe.”