Most internet providers in Belgium provide a stable connection and good customer service. Comparing Belgium internet providers and their services can be time-consuming. With our wide variety of tips, we will ensure that you will get the internet connection and provider that fits to your needs. It possible to get internet through different sorts of internet connections like; DSL, fibre optic, cable or wireless internet. Most commonly used internet connection is WIFI- which is also sufficient for most ‘normal’ internet users.
Different internet usage
Not everybody uses the internet in the same way and therefore, not everybody needs the same internet speed and connection. We have divided internet users in 3 groups. Let’s see if you can find yourself in one of our categories:
1. The internet surfer: you only use internet for Facebook, Google and email on a general basis, you should have enough with 20 Mbit/s of download speed.
2. The streamer: you are using Spotify, Netflix and Youtube on a regular basis. It would be advisable to get the 60 Mbit/s package.
3. The gamer: you are the gaming type or if you never want slow internet again, you should go for the 100 – 500 Mbit/s packages. However, the 100-500 Mbit/s option can often only be booked of you have glass fiber connection.
TIP:If you land on the website of an internet provider (which is often in Flemish or Walloon), make a right mouse-click anywhere on the page (Only works with Google Chrome!) A small dropdown menu will appear and then it will say; “translate this page to English” (or any other language). This will make it better understandable and easier for you to make the right decision.
Overview of Belgian Internet providers
There are a lot of Belgian service providers in on the market. We listed below the most frequently used Internet service providers in Belgium.
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Scarlet is one the largest provider of Internet access in the Belgium. Scarlet is well known within Belgium for its high customer satisfaction rate. It is one of the most customer friendly companies in the Belgium and it has a lot of stores and locations in the Belgium. Therefore, if you have a problem with your connection you can also drop by in the store if you don’t want to wait for the technician. Scarlet offers just 2 internet packages:
1. Poco: their lightweight package is called Poco. The poco packages offers 50 GB of 30 Mbit/s of downloading speed and when you reach that limit of 50 GB, your Internet speed will go down. This option will just cost 23 euro per month and a onetime installation fee of 50 euro.
2. Loco: their heavyweight package includes unlimited high speed internet at 50 Mbit/s of downloading speed. They offer this package at 35 euro per month with a onetime installation fee of 50 euro.
Proximus is a well-known company in Belgium and originates from the same parent company as Scarlet Internet. These companies however, are completely separated and offer completely different Internet packages. Proxiumus offers 2 very competitive internet package options. When you land on their website, they will offer you an all in 1 package deal. This is a fair deal, but most expats or newcomers in Belgium don’t need a TV connection, so feel free to ignore it. When you scroll down you can click on the internet icon and you will be redirected to their Internet offers. They offer 2 kinds of packages:
1. Start option: as the name already tells you this is good for a lightweight internet user. They offer 100 GB of 50 Mbit/s of downloading speed and when you reach that limit of 100 GB, your Internet speed will go down. They offer this at a competitive rate, but also take into consideration that you must pay a one-time installation fee of 59 euro.
2. Maxi option: Do we have to explain anything else? This is the heaviest internet package they offer and if you are a heavy internet user this is a must have. They offer unlimited high speed internet access which can go up to 100 Mbit/s. Max uploading speed goes up to 15 Mbit/s which can only be reached under ideal circumstances.
All in all proximus offers very fair deals. They offer a somewhat ‘limited’ choice, which also makes it less hard to choose. Both deals won’t disappoint you, since they both offer an affordable rate and stable connection. It is however, important to know what kind of internet user you are. If you are not sure yet what kind of internet user you are, be sure to consider our categories on the top of this page.
Different internet connections
You can get high speed internet service via ADSL/VDSL, Cable or Fiber connection. It is important to understand the advantages and disadvanteges for each connection in order to make the right choice.
ADSL vs. VDSL
DSL means Digital subscriber line- internet connection is established via an analogue telephone line. This connection uses bandwidth; the frequency that transmits telephone calls. DSL enables you to use this extra bandwidth to connect to the internet. A modem needs to be connected to a computer, the modem then connects to the service provider and the service provider connects you to the Internet. DSL can be used by multiple people users at once.
ADSL is a DSL connection that uses regular copper phone lines. Around 24 Mps of downloading speed is standard for a ADSL connection. Downloading speed for a DSL connection is influenced by the distance between your home and the location of the provider and the condition of the copper wires used. You don’t need to install any special lines and be sure your router allows WIFI connection when ordering your internet connection. Some routers don’t allow WIFI connection, which will mean that you need a cable connected to the router at all times.
VDSL is fast and can get up to 60 Mps of downloading speed. VDSL uses normal phone lines, but with greater efficiency and shortens the distance the signal travels. Therefore, VDSL can deliver a higher amount of bandwidth for your internet connection.
Cable internet service
Cable and Fibre internet is upcoming. Cable internet is often hosted by big cable companies and they offer mostly a 3 in 1 package- which means internet, television and telephone. The Internet services are provided through a cable modem which uses the bandwidth from the TV channels. This can differ between 500 Mps up to 1 Gps with a fibre connection.