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is an essential part of our business Smet. “The files have to be available immediately and the download has to be fast.” When Oona moved to new premises, the company decided to switch to fiber optics. “We wanted to avoid ultimately having to compromise on performance. “In terms of speed and bandwidth, with fiber optics we’re good for quite some time yet.”

Essential element Oona, All Media Monitoring and Watkins all have a fiber optic connection with a symmetrical capacity: uploading and download take place at 20 Mbit/s. At Dapesco, the symmetrical capacity is 30 Mbit/s. “Our entire business depends on this connectivity,” says Frank Boeckaerts of All Media Monitoring. “Instead of cutting articles out of the newspaper for our partners, we collect and distribute everything digitally. The fiber optic connection is an essential part of our business.” At Watkins, the internal working of the company also relies heavily on the network. Staff at the European distribution center in

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Dilsen-Stokkem are in close contact with their colleagues in San Diego via videoconferencing. “For that, too, it’s handy that we have a fast connection,” declares Tim Vanderbruggen. “We use Skype for Business. With fiber optics, that works without a hitch and offers good audio and video quality.” Above all, fiber optics guarantees smooth service provision for clients. “We manage 15,000 sites in 40 countries,” says Jean-François Potelle. “Without a reliable and high-performance network, our business comes to a standstill straight away.” The same goes for Oona. “The network is an essential element of what we offer as a company,” concludes Werner De Smet. “Clients know that our content is always available immediately.”

Participants

One magazine invited 4 managers from the Belgian business world to discuss fiber optics.

Werner De Smet

CEO at Oona “In terms of speed and bandwidth, with fiber optics we’re good for quite some time yet.”

Tim Vanderbruggen

European Marketing Manager at Watkins Europe “We use Skype for Business. It works without a hitch and offers good audio and video quality.”

Jean-François Potelle

CEO at Dapesco “T he web application that clients can use to follow their energy consumption has to be constantly available, everywhere, even at peak times.”

Frank Boeckaerts

Sales Assistant at AMMCO “S ometimes hundreds of users log on to our platform, all at the same time, in search of their content. We can cope with that now.”

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Profile for Proximus

Proximus One • March 2016  

Business magazine for top ICT professionals

Proximus One • March 2016  

Business magazine for top ICT professionals