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 trials are continuing with a view to launching commercial services later in 2012. Mobile TV offerings are available but have yet to make an impression on consumers. In this report we profile Belgian’s mobile market, providing the latest statistics on the main players, as well as the most recent developments on HSPA rollouts, emerging data markets and data services such as SMS, i-mode and mobile TV. ARPU and 3G forecasts to 2015 are also provided.
Telenet Tecteo Bidco awarded fourth 20-year 3G licence; Mobistar adds mobile telephony to bundled offers; regulator concludes 2.6GHz auction; Mobistar invests €36 million to replace 2G equipment with LTE-ready kit; regulator sets terms for 2013 800MHz auction; 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 Q1 2013; market developments to May 2013.