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Belgium - Digital Media Market Insights, Statistics and Analysis


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Belgium - Digital Media Market Insights, Statistics and Analysis

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 nationally, allowing for digital dividend spectrum to be auctioned in late 2013 for mobile broadband services. 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:

Belgacom launches a subscription VoD service; 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; Mobistar pays Telenet and VOO a fee to cover costs in opening up networks to wholesale service; BASE launches Snow' bundled service brand; new telecom law allows customers to cancel subscriptions within two months; Numéricable sells Belgian unit; 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, UPC Belgium, Mobistar.


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
Table 1 Bundled services by type 2007 - 2012
Table 2 Proportion of bundled services by type 2007 - 2012
Table 3 Telenet triple-play subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 4 Telenet bundled services penetration 2012 - 2014
Table 6 Belgacom TV households 2006 - 2014
Table 7 Belgacom annualised IPTV ARPU, revenue 2006 - 2014
Table 8 VoIP connections 2006 - 2012
Table 9 Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate 1995 2004
Table 10 Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate 2004 2012; 2015
Table 11 Telenet cable TV subscribers by sector 2005 - 2014
Table 12 Telenet subscriber annualised monthly ARPU 2005 - 2014
Table 13 Historical - Satellite TV subscribers 1995 - 2004
Table 14 Satellite TV subscribers 2005 2011; 2015
Chart 1 Bundled services by type 2007 2012
Chart 2 Belgacom annualised ARPU, revenue 2006 2014
Chart 3 Cable TV subscriber statistics and penetration rate 2000 - 2011; 2015
Chart 4 Telenet cable TV subscribers by sector 2007 - 2014
Exhibit 1 Overview of digital media

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