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Belgium - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

There is effective competition in Belgium between the DSL and cable platforms, while in recent years government support has also encouraged investment in fibre networks. Telenet, supported by its parent Liberty Global, has invested in developing services based on the new DOCSIS3.1 standard, which is capable of providing data at 1Gb/s and higher, while the incumbent telco Proximus (formerly Belgacom), also has extensive fibre/VDSL and FttP deployments, with which it has promoted a range of bundled services.
This report profiles Belgium's fixed and wireless broadband markets. It provides broadband forecasts for selective years to 2022 and assesses developments in related technologies such as FWA, WLAN and Wi-Fi.

Key developments:

Proximus engaged in 3 billion Fibre for Belgium' investment program to 2027; regulator approves cable wholesale offers; competition authority approves Telenet's acquisition of SFR Belgium; VOO upgrades broadband offering to 100Mb/s; Telenet and Ziggo begin work on Homespot' Wi-Fi system; Telenet acquires BASE for 1.325 billion; Proximus's VDSL2 network providing extensive population coverage, serving over one million subscribers; networks on track to reach national 30Mb/s connectivity by 2020; report includes the regulator's market data update for 2016, regulators' 2016 annual report, telco's financial and operating data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Proximus (Belgacom), Telenet, Versatel, Interkabel.


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 Broadband statistics
2.3 Market share
2.4 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
2.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Telenet
3.3 Interkabel
3.4 SFR (Numéricable)
4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
4.1 Proximus
4.2 Versatel/Tele2 Belgium
4.3 Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
4.4 Other DSL developments
4.4.1 SDSL
4.4.2 VDSL
4.4.3 G.SHDSL
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Government support
5.3 Digital Metropolis Antwerp
5.4 Proximus
6. Other fixed broadband services
6.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.2 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
6.3 WLAN/Wi-Fi
6.4 WiMAX
7. Competition Issues
7.1 Wholesale
7.2 Naked DSL
8. Related reports
Table 1 Historical - Internet users and penetration rate 1995 - 2009
Table 2 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 3 Historical Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology 2000 - 2009
Table 4 Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology 2010 - 2018
Table 5 Broadband subscription net additions per year 2005 - 2016
Table 6 Broadband sector revenue 2014 - 2015
Table 7 Residential broadband ARPU 2013 - 2016
Table 8 Fixed-line broadband penetration by service 2007 - 2016
Table 9 Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed 2007 - 2016
Table 10 Fixed-broadband lines by speed 2014 - 2016
Table 11 Broadband subscribers by operator 2012 - 2015
Table 12 Broadband market share by operator 2006 - 2015
Table 13 Forecast broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 14 Cable modem subscribers 2000 - 2018
Table 15 Telenet broadband subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 16 DSL subscribers 2000 - 2018
Table 17 Historical Proximus DSL subscribers 2000 - 2009
Table 18 Proximus DSL subscribers 2010 - 2017
Table 19 Orange Belgium Group broadband subscribers 2008 - 2017
Table 20 Orange Belgium broadband and TV subscribers 2015 - 2017
Table 21 Orange Belgium fixed broadband revenue 2014 - 2017
Table 22 VDSL subscribers 2013 - 2016
Table 23 Proximus wholesale broadband lines 2010 - 2016
Chart 1 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2018
Chart 2 Broadband subscribers by technology 2005 - 2018
Exhibit 1 Main DSL service providers
Exhibit 2 WiMAX spectrum licenses 2001 - 2005

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