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Belgium - Digital Media Market Insights, Statistics and Analysis


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Belgium’s market for bundled services has grown on the back of upgraded cable and DSL infrastructure. The broadcasting sector is characterised by language variations to accommodate the French and Walloon regions. Analogue broadcasts have been switched off in the northern part of the country, to be followed by the southern part in late 2011. In this report we present a review of bundled services developments, as well as a comprehensive overview of the country’s broadcasting market. It provides statistics on the major service providers, and also notes the status of digital, cable and satellite TV.

Key developments:

Movistar adds VoD to quintuple-play bundle; Belgacom 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; Norkring België to launch DTT using DVB-T2 standard in early 2013; Liberty Global bids for remaining stake in Telenet; new telecom law allows customers to cancel subscriptions within two months; Numéricable sells Belgian unit; regulator’s 2011 market data update; telco financial and operating data to June 2012; market developments to October 2012.

Companies covered in this report include:

Belgacom, Telenet, UPC Belgium, Movistar.


1. Synopsis
2. Digital Media
2.1 Key general trends
2.2 Business models
2.2.1 Bundled services
2.3 Regulatory issues
3. Digital TV (DTV)
3.1 Broadband TV (IPTV)
3.1.1 Belgacom
3.2 VoIP
3.3 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
3.4 Cable TV
3.4.1 Telenet
3.5 Satellite TV
3.5.1 Digital satellite TV
3.6 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
3.6.1 DTT licence issued
3.6.2 Digital switch-over
3.7 Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
3.8 Interactive TV (iDTV)
4. Related reports
List of Tables, Charts and Exhibits
Table 1 – Bundled services by type – 2007 - 2012
Table 2 – Telenet triple-play subscribers – 2002 - 2012
Table 3 – Belgacom TV subscribers – 2006 - 2012
Table 4 – Belgacom annualised IPTV ARPU, revenue – 2006 - 2012
Table 5 – VoIP connections – 2006 - 2012
Table 6 – Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 – 2011; 2015
Table 7 – Telenet cable TV subscribers by sector – 2005 - 2012
Table 8 – Telenet subscriber annualised monthly ARPU – 2005 - 2012
Table 9 – Satellite TV subscribers – 1995 - 2011; 2015
Chart 1 – Bundled services by type – 2007 – 2012
Chart 2 – Belgacom annualised ARPU, revenue – 2006 - 2012
Chart 3 – Cable TV subscriber statistics and penetration rate – 2000 - 2011; 2015
Chart 4 – Telenet cable TV subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2012
Exhibit 1 – Overview of digital media

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