Thanks to the constant deployment of fiber since Tuesday 20 April, some VOO customers who so wish can now use the internet connection at the speed of 1 gigabit per second that is to say at 1,000 megabits per second (1,000 Mbps).
Indeed, the Walloon cable operator has just launched its new very high-speed internet offer: the Giga boost.
For example, with such speed, downloading a 1.6 GB movie only takes 13 seconds which allows, among other things, to watch 4K video streaming simultaneously on multiple screens according to estimates provided by Telenet.
To compare, with a connection of up to 100 Mbps, it takes well over two minutes to download the same movie.
Internet connection in practice
Currently, Gigaboost is only accessible to VOO customers, who have a Max, Tatoo, or Pro pack, but above all who live in Cork (i.e. central Liège, Seraing, Bressoux, etc.).
“Other cities and areas will be gradually added each quarter during 2021,” explains Serge François, Docsis & Wifi Engineering Manager at VOO. In this regard, an online module allows you to check the availability of Gigaboost.
It is also possible, for those who are already in the eligible area, to test the offer free of charge for three months and without obligation. Then, for the convinced, it will be necessary to pay an additional 15 euros/month to take advantage of such a download speed (download).
Note that upload speed (upload), i.e. the speed with which a user sends data over the network – for example, to store files on a cloud, to put a video on YouTube, or to make a videoconference session – remains nevertheless limited to 20Mbps.
Who is broadband for?
But do you really need such speed at home? It all depends on your household setup. (or your roommate for example).
If your internet connection is fast at all times, you clearly don’t need to pay extra.
If today your internet is fast at all times and for every member of the household, you clearly don’t need to pay that extra $15 a month.
However, if your experience of speed and fluidity is not optimal when several members of the household surf at the same time then it might be time to consider a little boost for your internet connection.
But this can also be done by changing the contract or operator. Basically, VOO allows its customers to surf at a speed of up to 125 Mbps (Relax offers).
For those who need more, simply subscribe to the Max offers (which are necessarily a little more expensive) but which allow you to surf at speeds up to 400 Mbps, which is already more than enough to cover large bandwidth needs.
And going back to the example of the download speed of a 1.6GB movie, it takes 1 minute and 27 seconds for a connection up to 150 Mbps and about 43 seconds for a connection up to 300 Mbps.
Internet connection competition
The situation is almost equivalent in Orange. Basically, its Internet subscribers have a connection speed up to 125 Mbps download and 5 Mbps upload.
But, again for a supplement of 15 euros/month, they can boost their connection – thanks to the Internet Boost option – up to 400 Mbps and 20 or 40 Mbps respectively (the upload speed varies depending on whether Orange uses the cable networks of Voo or Telenet in your municipality, editor’s note).
Note that, regardless of the operator, this is always a theoretical maximum download or upload speed. In effect, it can be influenced by the amount of traffic on the network as well as other technical factors.
what about those who already want more like the maximum speed now available in Liège via VOO?
If you are able to subscribe to Telenetthis operator has been allowing all of its customers since September 2019 (whether they are in Flanders, Brussels, or in the boot of Hainaut) to surf up to 1 Gbps instead of 300 Mbps, via a subscription to its Giga Speedboost option which also amounts to 15 euro/month. For this price, the upload speed is 40 Mbps.
In fact, a large part of the operator’s network is already equipped with fiber optics, but the last section, between the street and the majority of existing buildings, is still made up of copper cables.
However, Proximus does better in terms of speed upload: until 100Mbps.
Like VOO, an online module allows you to test the eligibility of an address. If it can already be connected to the fiber and you are interested in this option, be aware that installation is free for any activation of a Flex Fiber or Epic Combo Fiber pack.
On the other hand, if you opt for another solution, such as Internet Fiber alone, installation costs of 59 euros will be invoiced in the event of a new installation.
Attention, you will also have to pay a supplement to obtain a speed of 1 Gbps in download and 100 Mbps in upload. For example, the internet connection Proximus Fiber Maxi (at 55.99 euros/month) has speeds limited to 350 and 30 Mbps respectively. Therefore, if you need more, you will have to activate the Fiber Boost 1 GIGA option at 15 euros/month.
Finally, note that Edpnet (which uses the Proximus network) also offers a fiber offer. For 44.95 euros/month (and a free connection to the network), you can have a download speed of up to 500 Mbps and 100 Mbps upload.