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Proximus Plans to Roll Out Hybrid DSL + 4G/LTE Solution Nationwide

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Proximus announced its plans for nationawide deployment of Multipath TCP (MPTCP) technology which enables it to combine the speeds of existing fixed and mobile networks, improving the Internet experience of customers living in large, sparsely populated rural areas (a long distance away from street cabinets). 

Proximus has successfully completed a nine-month pilot in Frasnes-Lez-Anvaing, where Proximus customers could enjoy Internet speeds up to 20 Mbps faster than before. The Operator is partnering with Tessares, a leading communication and connectivity services provider to offer the hybrid DSL and 4G service to customers.

After a successful pilot phase, achieving a very high satisfaction rating among customers, Proximus said it is pleased to announce that its “DSL + 4G/LTE” solution has successfully gone through all the qualification steps needed for country-wide deployment. 

Proximus plans to upscale this pilot project to a nationwide Live User Test to assess the feasibility of a nationwide commercial launch later in 2017. This is a solution for its customers located a long distance away from a Remote Optical Platform (ROP), where an attenuation effect cancels out the efficiency of VDSL technology. 

Geert Standaert, CTO of Proximus
The Frasnes-Lez-Anvaing pilot proved a great success, customers are highly satisfied as they can enjoy speeds up to 20 Mbps faster than before giving a much better experience for internet & multimedia. The successful integration of the Tessares MPTCP solution in our infrastructure has convinced us to deploy the service more widely.

Denis Periquet, CEO, Tessares 
This standardized technology has been enhanced with path management, giving operators the flexibility to enable intelligent traffic steering for optimized usage of xDSL and LTE assets. In addition, the system has been tuned for high performance on existing home gateways from several vendors, and is fully compatible with NFV, a major telecom trend.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn, Facebook 

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