What is 5G?

5G stands for the fifth generation of the mobile network and is the successor to the current 4G network. The differences? Above all 5G is faster and has less latency than 4G. And because 5G masts have better energy performance, it is also appreciably better for the environment.

How does Orange’s 5G network work?

For some time, Orange Belgium has been giving industrial partners and innovative businesses the chance to experiment with 5G on a stand-alone network. This type of 5G network – which is used in the 5G labs in Antwerp and Liège, for example – has its own infrastructure. Consequently the full potential of 5G, including network slicing, can be utilised. With network slicing Orange reserves part of the stand-alone 5G network exclusively for a particular application or customer. This application or customer is then not disturbed or hindered by anyone or anything.

When will 5G be available in Belgium?

The roll-out of the 5G network has been taking place since February 2022. Orange Belgium is gradually introducing it in various places in Belgium. Thanks to our temporary licence from the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) our customers can already discover the advantages of 5G.

Where is there 5G coverage?

Orange Belgium is progressively activating the 5G network in several places in Belgium. We are starting in Flanders, where the emission standards have already been adapted to be able to offer 5G. Antwerp is first, followed by Ghent, the coast, Bruges and Leuven. The rest of the country will follow as soon as the BIPT has allocated the definitive spectrum.

Why 5G?

  • Greater responsiveness. Thanks to the extremely low latency, 5G makes connectivity highly stable and reliable. It also allows a section of the network to be allocated to a particular customer and so ensure seamless connectivity.
  • Higher speeds. Thanks to 5G, data can be exchanged at ultra-high speeds, up to 3 times faster than 4G. This enables you for example to quickly share large files and conduct high-quality video conferencing calls.
  • More connected objects 5G makes it possible to connect billions of objects with one another and to ensure their functioning. 5G stimulates innovation in your business.
  • 5G makes it possible to develop numerous new services and applications in various sectors. Examples include transport (self-driving vehicles), energy (smart grids) and healthcare (connected ambulances). It will also make emerging technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) accessible in mobile form.
  • 5G will enable businesses to accelerate their digital transformation, innovate further, and improve the customer experience.