Proximus to Run Field Trial on 'Multipath TCP' Project

Proximus to Run Field Trial on 'Multipath TCP' Project Image Credit: Proximus

Proximus has chosen the municipality of Frasnes-Lez-Anvaing to launch an experimental project that will combine the bandwidth of the customer's fixed network with that of the 4G network in order to significantly improve the customer's fixed Internet experience. For this, Proximus is relying on its partnership with Belgian start-up Tessares.

The technological collaboration between Tessares and Proximus is based on the "Multipath TCP" standard, a generic solution intended for telecom operators worldwide.

According to Proximus, by combining the strengths of its fixed network and 4G network, Tessares' technology could deliver a solution that overcomes the attenuation effect and thus extend ultra-fast fixed Internet access to more customers.

In the coming weeks, selected Proximus customers in Frasnes-Lez-Anvaing will be chosen to take part in the project. Tests will start among the first customers in July 2016 and will continue for several months. At the end of this first phase, Proximus will assess whether it will be appropriate to deploy this technology on a larger scale.

Denis Périquet, Chief Executive Officer of Tessares
This open-source-based technology has been enhanced with path management, giving an operator the agility and programmability to enable intelligent traffic routing for optimized usage of xDSL and LTE assets. In addition, the system has been tuned for high performance on existing home gateways from various vendors, and supports the trend towards SDN/NFV. 

Geert Standaert, Chief Technology Officer of Proximus
Today, we're proud to be able to test, in partnership with Belgian start-up Tessares, the latter’s innovative technology which makes it possible to combine the bandwidth of our two networks (DSL and LTE) and, we hope, achieve a new milestone in satisfying our customers in the remotest areas.

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

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