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Last update on October 15, 2020
Written by Christian Lapper

Make your new house a home with our helpful guide to setting up your home phone, internet, and TV in Luxembourg.

Whether you’re renting a loft in Luxembourg City or an apartment in Esch-sur-Alzette, one of the first things you’ll need to do after you move in is get your new home connected. Setting up your home phone, internet, and TV is a great way to transform your new house into a home.

Expats arriving in Luxembourg might find navigating the local telecom options challenging. However, as we live an ever-increasing amount of our lives online, it’s essential that you find the right services for you. Thankfully, our expert guide can help, offering information on the following:

Communications in Luxembourg

Are you a new arrival in Luxembourg? Then you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised at just how competitive the Grand Duchy’s telecoms sector is. Luxembourg might be a small country, but there are still a handful of service providers to choose from. The biggest telecoms providers in Luxembourg include:

  • POST Luxembourg
  • Tango
  • Orange
  • Eltrona
  • LOL

These providers usually offer discounted packages if you choose to take out more than one service at the same time. They also offer deals on mobile phone subscriptions. This could save you money if you’re looking at mobile operators in Luxembourg, so it pays to shop around.

Getting connected in a new home

If you’re new in Luxembourg, you’ll want to get your new home connected as soon as possible. Generally speaking, if you’re buying a property in Luxembourg, you’ll probably need to start from scratch and set up your own home phone, internet, and TV subscriptions. While this might seem like hard work, it’s fairly easy to do and it will give you the freedom to choose the provider that meets your needs.

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If you’re renting a property in the Grand Duchy, your new home may well already have these services set up. If this is the case, their costs might be included in your monthly rent payments. However, be sure to clarify this with your landlord before signing any paperwork. You should also check what (if anything) is put in your name and whether you can change providers should you wish. If there are no existing connections, you may have to set them up once you move in.

Should you decide to stay in a serviced or short-term apartment, you’ll probably have all your communication needs included in your rent. It might be possible to change providers should you wish. However, if you’re not planning on staying in Luxembourg for a long time, it probably won’t be worth your while.

Getting a landline telephone in Luxembourg

These days, it seems like many of us live our whole lives on our smartphones. However, while getting a mobile phone in Luxembourg is easy enough, many expats prefer the security of having a landline connection at home. This often makes it cheaper to call friends and family overseas.

Historically, state-owned POST Luxembourg held a monopoly over telephone connections across the country. Indeed, POST still dominates the market as it operates Luxembourg’s fixed-line network. This means that you’ll need to contact POST should you require a new phone connection as they will need to install it. However, once you have an active phone line at home, you are free to choose the provider of your choice.

Most of Luxembourg’s home phone providers offer a landline connection as part of a package deal including internet, TV, and even mobile phone subscriptions. These deals can work out significantly cheaper so it’s definitely something worth considering if you’re setting up your new home.

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How do I set up a landline phone in Luxembourg?

If you’re moving into a house without any existing phone connections, you’ll need to contact POST Luxembourg to get a brand new line installed. Be aware that this process can take quite a while, so it’s worth arranging the engineer’s visit ahead of time to ensure you’re not left without a phone line for too long. If your new home already has a phone line installed, you can choose to stick with the existing provider or change to another one. Once you’ve decided on your chosen provider, you can get connected.

When signing up for a landline connection in Luxembourg, you’ll need to provide your supplier with the following information:

  • Proof of identification (most likely a passport)
  • Proof of address (registration certificate)
  • Bank account details

It will take a few days for your phone line to be activated and you’ll likely be informed of this in writing via post or email. If you’re already living in Luxembourg, you can easily relocate your phone/internet contract to your new address. If you’re at the end of your contract and wish to change, your new provider will typically be able to handle the switch for you.

Setting up an internet connection in Luxembourg

Luxembourg has a good internet network that offers both ASDL and fiber optic connectivity. Connection speeds are generally decent although this will largely depend on where you live. Speeds are highest in Luxembourg City and other main towns. In rural areas, particularly in the north of the country, speeds and cable options can be restricted. It’s important to do a speed test before signing up to a contract to check you aren’t paying for download speeds that you can’t receive.

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Luxembourg’s internet network is predominantly owned and operated by POST Luxembourg, due to the company’s position as the state-owned provider. This means that many homes use POST as the default provider. However, don’t let that stop you from shopping around for internet providers as you’ll soon find plenty of deals to choose from. Competition is fierce and packages are priced according to cable type, download speed, and additional extras, such as TV packages and interactive services.

The biggest internet providers in Luxembourg include:

  • POST Luxembourg
  • Tango
  • Orange
  • Eltrona
  • LOL

When signing up for an internet package, it’s essential that you find the right one that meets your needs. For example, if your family spends a lot of time gaming then you’ll need a faster download speed. However, if you only use the internet for social media, shopping, or subscription TV services like hayu or Netflix, you’ll be fine with a slower download speed. When signing up for a Luxembourgish internet contract, make sure you read the small print. Some providers offer limited, no commitment contracts, however, many contracts are 24-months. Depending on your situation, you may need to take out one of these no commitment contracts.

How do I set up an internet connection in Luxembourg?

Chosen your provider? Great, now you’re ready to get your new home connected to the world wide web. Thankfully, it’s pretty straightforward to set up your internet connection. You can do it online, over the telephone, or in-person at one of the many retail outlets the providers have across the country. To sign up, you’ll need to provide the following:

  • Proof of identification (most likely a passport)
  • Proof of address (registration certificate)
  • Bank account details

When it comes to actually setting up your connection, your provider will likely mail you an installation package that includes your router and set-up information. Alternatively, they may arrange an engineer to come to your home and install your connection. If you’re already living in Luxembourg and want to simply switch from one internet company to another, get in touch with your new provider. They’ll likely offer a switchover service. This takes the stress out of the switching process while ensuring you stay online throughout the switch.

Setting up TV in Luxembourg

TV in Luxembourg is generally decent quality and widely accessible throughout the country. Most locals receive their TV through cable, although satellite TV remains a popular alternative among the expat community. There is no public television broadcaster in Luxembourg, which means you don’t have to pay a TV license.

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You’ll find a wide range of TV options and packages to choose from in Luxembourg. These will offer local channels alongside those from other European countries, including Germany, France, the UK, and Belgium. Most packages will also include some of the most popular channels from the US. These TV packages can be bundled together with home phone, internet, and even mobile phone subscriptions. The most prominent TV providers in Luxembourg include:

  • POST Luxembourg
  • Tango
  • Orange
  • Eltrona
  • LOL

The price you end up paying for your TV subscription will largely depend on your chosen package. Some will include international TV channels like BBC News and MTV. Packages may also include other products, such as interactive TV and additional subscriptions, like Netflix and Sky. It pays to do your research before signing up for a TV package to ensure you receive the right channels for you and your family.

How do I set up a TV in Luxembourg?

Setting up your brand new TV connection in Luxembourg is relatively straightforward and you can probably do it without any professional help. Depending on your circumstances, you’ll likely receive a box from your provider with all the cables and connections you need. This will come with an instruction booklet, although this might not be in English so you might get to practice your language skills.

If that sounds too much like hard work, though, some providers offer an installation service for first-time subscribers. The cost of this service varies between providers, so be sure to check prices beforehand.

Paying for your bills in Luxembourg

Paying for your TV, internet, or landline phone bills in Luxembourg is usually done monthly. Your service provider will stipulate their preferred payment method when you sign up. However, this is likely to be by monthly automatic collection (direct debit) or bank transfer. Depending on your provider, you may need a local bank account to set up these payments. If you don’t already have one, read our guide to mobile banking in Luxembourg and find out how you can apply in minutes.

Making a complaint about a telecoms company

Every Luxembourgish telecom company has its own complaints process should you feel their service has not been up to scratch. You can find this information easily on their respective website. However, should you want to complain about the company itself, you can do so by contacting the IRL (Institut luxembourgeois de régulation), Luxembourg’s telecoms regulator. Here, you’ll find the relevant information for filing a complaint against your provider.

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