Liberty Global opens second 5G center, in Belgium

Liberty Global, via its Belgian subsidiary Telenet, has opened its second European innovation center, focusing on IoT and 5G technologies. The establishment of the Telenet Innovation Center in Brussels highlights the rising participation of cable operators in the mobile market and in 5G processes.

The center will host a variety of partners to help Liberty’s Belgian MNO subsidiary, Base, test new technologies. The facility will house 5G equipment and antennas and will be used to experiment with new entertainment and value added services, and from 2018, new customer experience solutions.

The opening ceremony included demonstrations in partnership with ZTE, focused on the vendor’s 5G core and on NB-IoT applications such as smart parking. Telenet said the center would help support Antwerp’s City of Things project.

This facility is a companion to the Tech Campus in Amsterdam, which is run by Liberty’s Netherlands unit Ziggo.

Balan Nair, Liberty Global’s chief technology and innovation officer, said: “The opening of the Telenet Innovation Center is an important milestone for Liberty Global. The cutting edge infrastructure and Telenet’s fully owned mobile network provide the perfect conditions for us to test the products and services that can pave the way towards the giga world.”

John Porter, CEO of Telenet, added: “Permanent innovation is the lifeline for our company, especially in a world of rapidly changing technology developments. With the Telenet Innovation Center, we want to be ambitious and bring our own innovations to a higher level, but also help shape external innovation projects.”