| Belgacom/CEO |
|CEO John Goossens attended three Bilderberg meetings.|
The Proximus Group (previously known as Belgacom Group) is a provider of digital services and communication on the Belgium and international markets. With a share of 53.51%, the Belgian state is per 2013 still the majority owner of the former state-owned company.
In 1930the RTT (Regie voor Telegraaf en Telefoon/Régie des Télégraphes et Téléphones) was founded. It was the public company (Overheidbedrijf/Établissement public) for telephone and telegraph services. In 1992 it became part of Belgacom, which from then on was an autonomous state company and from 1994 also a public limited company (Naamloze vennootschap/Société anonyme). In the same year, the mobile network "Proximus" was put into operation by the newly founded joint venture Belgacom Mobile.
In 1996 the Belgian government sold 50% minus one share of its shares in Belgacom NV/SA to the consortium ADSB Telecommunications. It consisted of Ameritech (SBC), Tele Danmark, Singapore Telecom and the three Belgian financial institutions Sofina, Dexia and KBC. In 1998 the Belgian telecom market was liberalized and Belgacom launched the first ADSL broadband internet connection in Belgium. Belgacom shares have been traded on the stock exchange since 2004.
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