Brussels, Maarssen, 30 October 2020 – Eurofiber and Proximus have signed an agreement to form a joint venture aimed at building an extensive fiber network in Wallonia together. The main objective of the partnership is to enlarge and accelerate the roll-out of Fiber-to-the-Home in a cost-efficient way, while ensuring access for all interested parties under open access and non-discriminatory terms. The contracts signed last Wednesday are subject to the approval of the relevant regulatory authorities and are to be executed immediately after the corresponding approvals.
On 30 July, Eurofiber and Proximus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which has now been converted in a final agreement. Part of this agreement is the creation of a joint venture to design, build, maintain and upgrade the network, which will be open and accessible for all.
Guillaume Boutin, CEO of Proximus: ‘I am very pleased that we have signed the final agreement with Eurofiber this week. As announced in July, we plan to further accelerate and expand our fiber deployment plans in Belgium and this collaboration will allow us to connect at least 500,000 homes and businesses to fiber in Wallonia within this collaboration. This strategic partnership marks a major step forward to build the most future-proof and open network for Belgium and will allow to rollout Fiber-to-the-Home faster, to even more families and businesses and more cost-efficiently, in line with our #inspire2022 strategy’.
Eurofiber CEO Alex Goldblum: ‘We are delighted to have signed this agreement and look forward to creating a connected society for the people, organizations and companies in Wallonia’.
Eurofiber has been developing, maintaining and expanding its industry-leading, open digital infrastructure for 20 years now. Utilizing its fiber-optic network and datacenters, Eurofiber provides enterprises, organizations and governments in Belgium, The Netherlands and France with smart, open, future-proof cloud and connectivity solutions. Customers have complete freedom to choose the services, applications and providers they need. Eurofiber’s strategy is aimed at further expanding within Europe and broadening its portfolio. In July, Eurofiber announced its collaboration with Proximus in Wallonia, followed by the announcement of a joint venture with Vattenfall to build and operate an open-access fiber-optic network in Berlin, which equally will be able to connect 500,000+ households and thousands of businesses.
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