Proximus and Huawei have signed a strategic partnership to enhance the user experience of the operator’s mobile customers, which includes improving indoor overage.
The Belgium-based operator, which has 5.6 million mobile customers, said the partnership aims to improve the quality of voice calls and to develop open platforms that enable digital services and applications.
It said the deal would mean the "innovative capabilities" of other partners could be “stepped up”.
Further, the two companies said they would incorporate small cell technologies to enhance network performance when moving between outdoor and indoor environments.
Although 80 percent of all mobile traffic is generated indoors, maintaining indoor coverage has become more difficult due to stricter building and isolation codes, Proximus said.
Dominique Leroy (pictured), CEO of Proximus, commented: “We are delighted to have signed this strategic partnership with Huawei focused on innovation. This agreement will ensure the continued development of our network in order to offer the best user experience to our customers.”
The operator saw revenues at its consumer business unit, which includes mobile and fixed-line services, increase by 2.2 percent in its most recent financial results.
In sharp contrast, Huawei said earlier this month that it expects 2014 revenues and profits to rise by 20 percent and 12 percent respectively.
Huawei’s Rotating CEO Eric Xu said: “Through customer-centric innovation, we are dedicated to building ubiquitous broadband networks and excellent user experiences for our operator customers.”