Belgium's mobile market is served by three main operators and a growing number of MVNOs. All three MNOs have upgraded their networks with HSPA technology, while LTE services are now widely available. Mobile TV offerings are available but have yet to make an impression on consumers. The market faces considerable changes if the regulator approves the April 2015 deal by which Liberty Global's local unit Telenet acquired BASE from KPN for 1.33 billion. The deal would confirm the dominance of Belgacom and Telenet/BASE in the market for bundled services. This report profiles Belgian's mobile market, providing the latest statistics on the main players, as well as the most recent developments on HSPA and LTE rollouts, emerging data markets and data services such as SMS, i-mode and mobile TV.
Mobistar reports 500,000 LTE subscribers; Telenet acquires BASE for 1.33 billion; Mobistar adds mobile telephony to bundled offers; regulator concludes 2.6GHz auction; Mobistar replaces 2G equipment with LTE-ready hardware; regulator achieves 360 million at auction for 800MHz spectrum; BASE receives 900MHz licence extension; Telenet extends MVNO agreement with Mobistar to 2017; mobile service revenue continues to fall; Proximus trials LTE in the 1.8GHz band; BASE contracts Ericsson for backhaul upgrade, launches DC-HSPA+ service; non-SMS mobile revenue growth outstripping SMS revenue; regulator's market data update; telcos' financial and operating data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.