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BASE Company keeps investing in the further roll-out of the 4G network

(PresseBox) (Brussels, ) Today BASE Company acquired one of the 800MHz licenses auctioned by the BIPT, the telecom regulator. The acquisition of this spectrum enables BASE Company to continue to provide high quality 4G services to its customers and to offer a mobile network with enhanced performance. The license which BASE Company acquired for EUR 120m is valid for 20 years.

"Customers expect from their operator: a good price, good service, and a good network - and that's our focus at BASE Company", says Jos Donvil, CEO at BASE Company., "We are very satisfied with the acquisition of this spectrum that enables us to roll-out our 4G network not only faster but also more cost efficient. We keep investing in our total network to offer our customers a better network every day."

The 800MHz license adds to BASE Company's already comprehensive spectrum portfolio. In combination with its 1800MHz holdings - on which it launched on 1 October 2013 as second operator in Belgium 4G services- and its 2.6GHz holdings, it has the ideal spectrum portfolio to deploy a high quality 4G network. 4G enables mobile devices to reach internet speeds that provide the same experience as surfing at home over the fixed internet connection. With the acquirement of the 800MHz license BASE Company will accelerate its 4G network roll-out and aims to obtain nationwide coverage by the end of 2014.

BASE Company customers can already experience the speed of 4G in 15 cities/areas (or a total of 76 cities and towns, details on BASE Company customers with an unlimited tariff as of B-39 are automatically offered 4G in their existing package.

The network quality of BASE Company is recognized today as number one with regard to voice and stands at par with the number one in terms of data quality.


BASE Company continues to work every day on building a better network, and at present we can already say that:
- the 2G network (calling and texting) already covers 99.9% of all Belgians
- the 3G network (mobile internet) covers 99.65% of the Belgians
- 3G Dual Carrier (up to twice as fast as 3G, speeds up to 42 Mbps) covers 83% of the Belgians (61% when launched in April 2013)
- 4G is being quickly rolled out, so that you can surf just as fast as you do at home (up to 86 Mbps)

KPN Group Belgium nv/sa

BASE Company is a fully-owned subsidiary of Royal KPN N.V., whose headquarters are located in Brussels. At the end of December 2012, BASE Company recorded a ~20% service revenue market share. In 2012, the company's total revenues amounted to EUR 804 million in Belgium, with an EBITDA of EUR 272 million and 895 employees. The company is mainly active in the field of mobile telephony via the brands BASE and BASE business. It also provides digital television, Internet and fixed telephony services through its SNOW brand. BASE Company follows a segmented customer targeting approach and distributes its products and services via 75 BASE shops, 80 ALLO shops, online and indirect channels.