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Belgium - Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts


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Despite Belgium enjoying effective competition between the DSL and cable platforms, the country’s broadband penetration lags behind the European leaders. Nevertheless, network investments from Telenet, deploying DOCSIS 3.0 technology, and from Belgacom with its hybrid fibre/VDSL network, have broadened the availability of faster services, and with them the popularity of bundled services offerings.

Belgium - Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts profiles Belgium’s fixed and wireless broadband markets. It provides broadband forecasts for selective years to 2020 and also assesses developments in related technologies such as FWA, WLAN and WiFi.

Key developments:

Regulators approve cable wholesale offers; government’s Start2Surf project furnished more than 30,000 Belgians with computers and internet access in 2010; Belgacom invests in VDSL2 vectoring technology to provide 50Mb/s services; VOO upgrades broadband offering to 100Mb/s; Telenet and Ziggo begin work on ‘Homespot’ WiFi system; Numéricable sells Belgium unit; regulator pursues cable network access reform; networks on track to reach national 30Mb/s connectivity by 2020; regulator’s market data update; telco’s financial and operating data to Q1 2013; market developments to May 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Belgacom, Telenet, Versatel, Interkabel.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview
2.1 Broadband statistics
2.1.1 Market share
3. Cable modems
3.1 Telenet
3.2 Interkabel
4. Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
4.1 Belgacom’s DSL services
4.1.1 Wholesale
4.1.2 Naked DSL
4.2 Versatel/Tele2 Belgium
4.3 Mobistar
5. Other DSL developments
5.1 SDSL
5.2 VDSL
5.3 G.SHDSL
6. Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
6.1 Government support
6.2 Regulating fibre
6.3 Digital Metropolis Antwerp
6.4 Belgacom
7. Broadband Powerline (BPL)
8. Wireless broadband
8.1 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
8.2 WLAN/WiFi
8.3 WiMAX
9. Mobile broadband
10. Forecasts
10.1 Forecast – broadband subscribers – 2010-2012; 2020
10.1.1 Scenario 1 – higher broadband subscriber growth
10.1.2 Scenario 2 – lower broadband subscriber growth
10.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
11. Related reports
Table 1 – Historical - Internet users and penetration rate – 1995 - 2004
Table 2 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2013
Table 3 – Historical – Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology – 2000 - 2004
Table 4 – Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology – 2005 - 2013
Table 5 – Broadband penetration – 2000 - 2013
Table 6 – Broadband market share by operator – 2006 - 2012
Table 7 – Cable modem subscribers – 2000 - 2014
Table 8 – Telenet broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2013
Table 10 – ADSL subscribers – 2000 - 2014
Table 11 – Historical – Belgacom ADSL subscribers – 2000 - 2004
Table 12 – Belgacom ADSL subscribers – 2005 - 2013
Table 13 – Mobistar broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2013
Table 14 – WLL broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2014
Table 15 – Mobile broadband subscribers by technology – 2008 - 2013
Table 16 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2010 - 2012; 2020
Table 17 – Forecast broadband penetration – higher market growth scenario – 2007 - 2012; 2020
Table 18 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower market growth scenario – 2010 - 2012; 2020
Table 19 – Forecast broadband penetration – lower market growth scenario – 2007 - 2012; 2020
Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2013
Chart 2 – Broadband subscribers by technology – 2005 - 2012
Chart 4 – Mobile broadband subscribers by technology – 2008 - 2013
Chart 5 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2007 - 2012; 2020
Chart 6 – Forecast broadband subscribers – lower market growth scenario – 2007 - 2012; 2020
Exhibit 1 – Key ADSL service providers – 2013
Exhibit 2 – WiMAX spectrum licenses – 2001 - 2005

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