Belgium - Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Belgium's market for bundled services has grown on the back of upgraded cable and DSL infrastructure and by a growing concentration among operators to develop fibre networks. The broadcasting sector is characterised by language variations to accommodate the French and Dutch speaking regions. Analogue broadcasts have been switched off nationally, which enabled digital dividend spectrum to be auctioned for mobile broadband services at the end of 2013.
In recent months there has been renewed impetus in the digital media market, particularly following the acquisition of KNP's BASE subsidiary by Liberty Global's Telenet division. This has created a multi-play operator providing viable competition to Proximus for bundled service offerings
This report provides a review of bundled services developments, as well as a comprehensive overview of the country's digital media market. It provides statistics on the major service providers, and also notes the status of digital, cable and satellite TV.

Key developments:

Orange Belgium adds VoD to quintuple-play bundle; Proximus extends TV Everywhere service nationally; courts uphold Open Cable regulation for resale of analogue TV services, access to digital TV and the resale of broadband access; new telecom law allows customers to cancel subscriptions within two months; Altice sells its SFR Belgium unit to Telenet; report includes the regulator's market data update for 2016, regulators' 2016 annual report, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Proximus, Telenet, Liberty Global, Orange Belgium.

1. Synopsis
2. Digital economy
2.1 E-Health services
3. Digital Media
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Regulatory issues
3.3 Satellite TV
3.4 Cable TV
3.5 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
3.5.1 DTT licence issued
3.5.2 Digital switch-over
3.6 Interactive TV (iDTV)
3.7 Key Digital Media Players
3.8 Videostreaming
3.8.1 Major players
3.9 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
3.9.1 VoIP
4. Related reports
Table 1 Analogue and digital TV subscribers 2010 - 2016
Table 2 Proportion of digital TV subscribers by platform 2010 - 2015
Table 3 Bundled services subscribers by type 2007 - 2016
Table 4 Proportion of bundled services subscribers by type 2007 - 2016
Table 5 Proportion of bundled services subscribers with TV by type 2010 - 2016
Table 6 Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate 1995 2009
Table 7 Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate 2010 2012; 2015 - 2016
Table 8 Bundled services by type 2007 - 2015
Table 9 Proportion of bundled services by type 2007 - 2015
Table 10 Proximus TV households 2006 - 2016
Table 11 Proximus TV customers 2013 - 2017
Table 12 Proximus annualised IPTV ARPU, revenue 2006 - 2017
Table 13 Telenet cable TV subscribers by sector 2005 - 2017
Table 14 Telenet subscriber annualised monthly ARPU 2005 - 2014
Table 15 Telenet triple-play subscribers 2002 - 2017
Table 16 Telenet bundled services penetration 2012 - 2017
Chart 1 Telenet cable TV subscribers by sector 2007 - 2017

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