Belnet and the Internet in Belgium

Back to 1993

In 1993 Internet was still stammering. In Belgium, under the monopoly of RTT, very low-speed connections were capped at around 1 kbps. At the time, the network leader was IBM, but it could only interconnect IBM machines. These constraints made it impossible to respond properly to the needs of researchers and the academic world.

Since its creation, Belnet has set up a network of 64 kbps point-to-point connections between Belgian universities. At the beginning 27 sites formed a network articulated around two PoPs (KULEUVEN and ULB-VUB).

At the time the dream of Pierre Bruyère, who participated in the creation of Belnet, was to arrive one day to generalize connections of 2 Mbit / s. 5 years later, his expectations were largely exceeded and Belnet was already offering capacities of 100 Mbit / s. This is partly due to the liberalization of the telecom market, which dates back to 1998. The end of the monopoly boosted competitiveness, which led to a reduction in costs and made it possible to overcome the bandwidth barrier.

Today Belnet offers connections up to 100 Gbps.

To get back in the history of Belnet and the Internet in Belgium take a look at our timeline.