The DVB-C pilot trial on the cable system in Flanders, was completed at the end of 2004 and it is hoped that a full IDTV service will start soon.
The trial, was not just about digital television but also concerned with interactive services.
Now ADB report that they have won an order to supply Telenet, Belgium’s largest broadband cable service operator,(operational in Flanders), with digital interactive cable set top boxes.
The boxes incorporate Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) middleware from Osmosys, providing Telenet with an open standard platform.
In Belgium cable is the dominant platform, making this development very significant.
Belgacom (a Telco company) has a trial running with IPTV over ADSL/VDSL and is planning to launch a commercial service during 2005.