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Challenge No 1: A connected Region

A smart city is often first and foremost a connected city. Smartcity.brussels is relying on the fibre-optic regional network IRISnet and the free Wi-Fi cover provided by wifi.brussels.

A smart city is often first and foremost a city connected to efficient telecommunications networks.

To take up the challenge of a connected region, smart.brussels is relying on the fibre-optic strength of the IRISnet regional network and the free Wi-Fi cover provided by wifi.brussels in strategic public locations.

1. Making broadband widespread

The IRISnet fibre-optic network enables investment in the connectivity of Brussels’ schools, bringing fibre optics into education. More broadly, all public sectors are to benefit from fibre-optic connections.

Our smartcity.brussels indicator:

What we want to achieve by 2019:

  • 100% of primary and secondary schools with at least a VDSL connection (388 schools), compared with 6% currently (23 schools);
  • 85% of secondary schools with lightning-fast broadband (140 schools), compared with 0% currently;
  • 50% of IRISnet client sites* using lightning-fast broadband (425 sites), compared with 19% currently (160 sites).

* Sites listed in the IRISnet call for tender specifications.

2. Wide-ranging free public Wi-Fi

Plans are underway to extend the wifi.brussels free regional Wi-Fi network to new, busy public spaces or areas that contribute towards the fight against the digital divide.

Our smartcity.brussels indicator:

We propose to the government to include the following zones in our roll-out plan by 2019:

  • 8 metro stations: Arts-Loi/Kunst-Wet, Simonis Elisabeth/Simonis Elizabeth, Simonis/Leopold II, Gare Centrale/Centraal Station, Gare du Midi/Zuidstation, Louise/Louiza, Rogier, Schuman;
  • Public libraries (one in each commune, one library already included in 2013).

Thirty-height places are already connected in 2014, and twenty-five have to be connected by 2018.

Challenge No 2: a sustainable Region
Challenge No 3: an open Region
Challenge No 4: a safe Region
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