King Philippe spent 2 hours visiting telecoms operator Proximus on Tuesday. The king met Dominique Leroy, CEO, Dirk Lybaert, director, and chairman of the board Stefaan De Clerck. Cybersecurity was discussed during this private meeting. The king then viewed a few novelties based on new technologies useful to both consumers and businesses. Approximately 15% of Proximus investments (1 billion euros) are dedicated to technological applications.
Mrs. Leroy revealed that the king was particularly interested in new opportunities raised by 3D, such as 360° vision via special glasses. He was able to test this out on a helicopter flight over Iceland.
Philippe asked a number of questions and tried out various technological gadgets. “The king is fascinated by the new digital economy. He thinks Belgium should welcome this evolution. He is also interested in what Belgian businesses such as Proximus can offer the country in terms of new applications,” added the CEO. Lastly, the king met with young employees who were able to get a foot on the career ladder thanks to a new internship programme.