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Belgium - Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

Belgium - Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

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 greatly improved the availability of faster services in recent years. Related to this development is the growing popularity of bundled services offerings among consumers, and the efforts among telcos to offer the full range of services.

This report profiles Belgium's fixed and wireless broadband markets. It provides broadband forecasts for selective years to 2020 and assesses developments in related technologies such as FWA, WLAN and WiFi.

Key developments:

Belgacom's VDSL2 network providing over 88% population coverage, serving over one million subscribers; regulator approves cable wholesale offers; VOO upgrades broadband offering to 100Mb/s; Telenet and Ziggo begin work on Homespot' WiFi system; Numéricable upgrades broadband to 200Mb/s; networks on track to reach national 30Mb/s connectivity by 2020; regulator's market data update and 2012 market report; telco's financial and operating data to Q1 2014; market developments to May 2014.

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
3.3 Numéricable
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-Premise (FttP) 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 - 2014
Table 3 Historical Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology 2000 - 2004
Table 4 Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology 2005 - 2014
Table 5 Broadband subscription net additions per year 2005 - 2012
Table 6 Fixed-line broadband penetration 2000 - 2014
Table 7 Fixed-line broadband penetration by service 2007 - 2013
Table 8 Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed 2007 - 2012
Table 9 Broadband market share by operator 2006 - 2012
Table 10 Cable modem subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 11 Telenet broadband subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 13 ADSL subscribers 2000 - 2014
Table 14 Historical Belgacom ADSL subscribers 2000 - 2004
Table 15 Belgacom ADSL subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 16 Mobistar broadband subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 17 WLL broadband subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 18 Mobile broadband subscribers by technology 2008 - 2013
Table 19 Mobile broadband penetration by technology 2009 - 2013
Table 20 Forecast broadband subscribers higher market growth scenario 2010 - 2012; 2020
Table 21 Forecast broadband penetration higher market growth scenario 2007 - 2012; 2020
Table 22 Forecast broadband subscribers lower market growth scenario 2010 - 2012; 2020
Table 23 Forecast broadband penetration lower market growth scenario 2007 - 2012; 2020
Chart 1 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Chart 2 Broadband subscribers by technology 2005 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Key ADSL service providers
Exhibit 2 WiMAX spectrum licenses 2001 - 2005

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