The “smallest city in the world”, located in the province of Luxembourg, is thus the first Walloon municipality to benefit from “real” technology, that is to say based on the new frequency bands recently allocated, opposite of the ‘5G light’ available in other cities in the south of the country.
At the beginning of June, Proximus and La Petite Merveille, the company of billionaire Marc Coucke active in Durbuy, announced that they wanted to strengthen the connectivity of the town in the months and years to come. The ambition was, among other things, to improve 3G/4G coverage there and to deploy 5G in the old town and in the Adventure Valley leisure park as soon as it would be legally possible.
If the emission standards and regulations for this technology still need to be adapted in Wallonia, Proximus has however decided to already activate 5G in the city center of Durbuy. No other location is planned in the coming weeks, said the operator.
“The standards have not been adapted. This is also one of the reasons for the limited coverage at the moment”, we explain at Proximus. “This 5G (in Durbuy, editor’s note) has reduced power, in compliance with current standards. We are still hoping for an evolution of the standard as soon as possible in order to allow a wider and more efficient deployment of 5G in Wallonia.”
It is therefore “real” 5G, that is to say using the new spectrum which was acquired this summer: 100MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band, details the company.
Durbuy is the only Walloon municipality to currently benefit from it. If 5G has also already been activated in Hainaut at Frasnes-lez-Envaing and at Charleroi airport, this is “5G light”, which reuses old frequency bands and which is not no longer used at full power.