The Flemish government enters into an agreement with operators on a high-speed network

The Flemish government enters into an agreement with operators on a high-speed network

Flanders has entered into an agreement with telecom operators Proximus and Telenet to deploy a high-speed digital network in the region, the government of the Flemish government said on Monday. The agreement is aimed at allowing Flemish businesses and households to be among world leaders in innovative digitalization. The operators agreed to give the regional government guarantees with regard to bandwidth, coverage, opening and equitable prices. The Flemish Government, for its part, is to provide the conditions that will facilitate delivery on these commitments.

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Flemish government rules out 3rd superfast cable internet provider

Flemish government rules out 3rd superfast cable internet provider

Economy minister Philippe Muyters has struck a deal with cable internet providers Proximus and Telenet that means no third provider of cable internet will be allowed onto the market in Flanders. Last October Mr Muyters warned the existing operators that the capacity of their network should be increased, that the network should be opened to other players and that users deserved fair prices. Following talks Proximus and Telenet agreed to back the minister’s proposals, but a third operator is being ruled out. The Flemish government agreed to create the conditions…

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Ryanair cancels 50 flights to / from Belgium

Ryanair cancels 50 flights to / from Belgium

Next week, employees of low-budget airline Ryanair conduct industrial actions. On Wednesday and Thursday, up to 300 flights are canceled, including 50 departures or with destinations in Belgium. Cabin staff from Belgium, Portugal, Italy and Spain are walking out because Ryanair offers its employees working conditions according to Irish law. These are less advantageous than elsewhere. 300 of the Irish carrier’s 2,400 flights are being grounded. Belgium is badly affected with 50 of the 160 Belgian flights cancelled.

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A supreme first semester for the port of Antwerp

A supreme first semester for the port of Antwerp

During the first semester, the port of Antwerp handled more than 118 million tons of cargo, which is a record and an increase of 6.5% compared to the same period last year. Containers’ traffic remains the main growth engine, reveals a press release published last Friday. After a record first trimester, the first six months of the year confirmed the trend. In total, 118,648,143 tons of merchandise transited through Antwerp. Containers’ traffic (EVP) increased by 8.3%, to 5,567,905 twenty-foot containers. In May, the one million EVP mark was passed for…

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TV buyers thanks to Eden Harard; bad news for UK insurers of Krëfel

TV buyers thanks to Eden Harard; bad news for UK insurers of Krëfel

Belgium beat England 2: 0 in the bronze medal match, bringing their score to 16 goals in this world Cup. This was bad news for electronics giants Krëfel (or rather their British insurers), as thousands of televisions will have to be paid back as part of a bet. It was Eden Hazard’s late goal against the English that did it. Krëfel had launched a publicity stunt this spring: everyone buying a television (with a 55-inch screen at least) between 26 April and 17 June, would get their money back, on…

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Dries Van Noten launches online collection

Dries Van Noten launches online collection

Belgian designer Dries Van Noten has launched a new collection that will be exclusively sold online. The collaboration with mytheresa.com, one of the first online stores for luxury fashion, marks the time the Dries Van Noten fashion house is teaming up with an online retailer. “I am very happy that this, our first collaboration online, is with Mytheresa.com. The fabrics and prints of these garments have been exclusively created for this limited wardrobe. I feel they capture the essence of the collection,” Van Noten said in a statement. “It just…

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Belgians’ saving accounts to reap a new record

Belgians’ saving accounts to reap a new record

Regulated savings accounts of Belgians show a new record, with 266,457 billion euros saved at the end of may: an absolute record, according to data released on Friday By the national Bank of Belgium (BNB). August 2016 stands as the previous, with a bit more than 265 billion euros lying idle. In the following months, these had melted away, going down to 255 billion euros, several banking institutions having decided to change some categories of accounts into non-regulated saving accounts, so that they could free themselves from the legal minimum…

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National lottery wants to “open a chain of stores”

National lottery wants to “open a chain of stores”

The national lottery of Belgium wants to open its own stores for the sale of its products, and has already started to search for locations in Antwerp, Ghent, NAMUR and liège, Gazet van Antwerp and Het Nieuwsblad reported on Friday, based on information in the national Bulletin of tenders. When asked about this, The National Lottery explained that it wanted to be closer to the lottery players. The stores would also be used to pay out medium wins, from 2000 to 25,000 euros, discreetly. “The aim is certainly not to…

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Stop for picking up parcels on Saturdays

Stop for picking up parcels on Saturdays

Bpost should stop picking up parcels from post offices on Saturdays, the national post office announced. The news comes as a surprise, given that packages have for several years now been the company’s only growth market; mail deliveries are in steady decline as email and online messaging apps take the place of letters, including commercial advertising. The reason given is the profitability of the company, according to a spokesperson speaking to the Mediahuis newspapers. “The vast majority of the volume of packages – virtually 100% in fact – is carried…

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Almost half of all Brussels workers are passengers

Almost half of all Brussels workers are passengers

Figures from Three Brussels universities show that almost half of all workers in Brussels come to the city from outside the region. Some 708,000 people work in the Belgian capital. In 2016 345,000 of these commuted in to work from outside the region. 31% of Brussels employees live in Flanders, 17% in Wallonia. With over 15% of the Belgian workforce active in Brussels the capital is an important employer. Only 10% of the population lives here. On average people living in Brussels will make a 3.6km trip to work. For…

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