Base to launch 4G mobile internet

Summary

Mobile phone operator Base has launched its 4G mobile internet service in 12 cities across Flanders.

Base is second operator to offer 4G in Flanders

Mobile phone operator Base launched its 4G mobile internet service in 12 cities across Flanders on 1 October. Fourth-generation internet, known as 4G or LTE, offers greatly increased download speeds – up to 86 megabytes per second, or 10 times the speed of 3G.

Base is the region’s second operator to offer 4G, after Belgacom’s Proximus launched in Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Hasselt and Haasrode last year. “We are closing the gap,” said Base CEO Jos Donvil (pictured). “As far as network coverage is concerned we’re already the best for 2G and coming up fast on 3G.”

Other operators that contract the use of Base’s network, such as Mobile Vikings, will also be able to offer 4G.

Base’s 4G is available in Aalst, Antwerp, Beveren, Bruges, Genk, Gent, Hasselt, Kortrijk, Leuven, Mechelen, Ostend and Sint-Truiden. Base said it would add further cities shortly. The glaring omission from the list is Brussels, as the region’s government continues to enforce stricter radiation standards than elsewhere for GSM masts. That means the capital has relatively few masts for the population, stretching capacity too far to allow 4G to operate at present.

iPhone users will also have to wait: both Proximus and Base are waiting for Apple’s approval to allow iPhone users onto the new network.