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Network technology in Flanders

As one of the world leaders in connectivity, Flanders is also home to the infrastructure, business, research and education that drives it. Innovation in today’s digital society requires the support of many different players and enablers in multiple domains, and the region has every resource needed for a network technology initiative to grow.

Home to innovators in ICT fields as cutting-edge as the Internet of Things, fintech, smart systems and cryptography, digital communication is at its best in Flanders. Network technologies are the supportive elements that make digital communication possible, from optic cables and satellite communications to wireless systems and data transfer. Flanders has a comprehensive ecosystem of companies, research groups, associations, incubators and educational institutions engaged in educating, innovating and contributing to a connected society and enabling Industry 4.0.

Network tech in Flanders – facts & figures

99%
of the area is covered by next-generation access networks (#2 in Europe)
99%
of households subscribe to fixed broadband
95%
of households are covered by 4G networks

Multidisciplinary ICT Welcome Team

As of January 2017, Flanders Investment & Trade offers the skills and services of a dedicated ICT Welcome Team to foreign companies interested in establishing themselves in the region of Flanders. Also charged with driving Flanders’ market approach, this team is comprised of experienced advisors with expertise covering many aspects of ICT.

Building blocks for network tech success

Nearly every digital innovation today relies on network technology – and its drivers are complex and interconnected. Fortunately, Flanders has considerable strengths in other tech sectors that contribute to and are affected by network technology developments. Find out more about the region’s powerful assets relevant to network technologies:

An ecosystem for network technology innovation

Flanders is home to all the resources your network tech business needs to survive and thrive, from universities, knowledge bases and research centers to leading industry players.

Network tech: a foundation for society

Our increasingly interconnected lives, businesses, governments and societies are based on a key foundation: network technology. Without this hugely valuable resource, digitization and Industry 4.0 would have no soil on which to grow. Nearly every single industry depends on network technology, and Flanders’ ICT strengths across various domains demonstrate that it invests in network technology. Key sectors include:

City of Antwerp takes traffic management to the next level

To be initially designed and implemented in 2017 with enhancement continuing to 2025, the City of Antwerp is currently completely redesigning its network of traffic lights.

Using next generation network technology, the new Traffic Coordination Centre (TCC) will enable the transparent, dynamic monitoring and management of changing traffic conditions – for less traffic, safer motorists, cyclists and pedestrians and an overall more accessible metropolitan area.

City of Antwerp in Flanders (Belgium)

All the talent at hand

Several university colleges in Flanders provide practical bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields closely related to network technology. Some of these programs include:

Specific incentives

Flanders offers incentives that are relevant to research-intensive domains like encryption, computer science and data security. Examples include:

  • innovation income deduction – up to 85% of a firm’s net earnings from innovation is tax exempt;
  • investment deduction for R&D – 13.5% of acquisition value/qualifying asset or 20.5% of the depreciated amount;
  • exemption of payment of 80% – of the personal income withholding tax of researchers in certain scientific fields.

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