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Belgium - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

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.

In mid-2018 the regulator imposed amended conditions on market players aimed at encouraging investment in underserved areas and securing wholesale access to copper and fibre infrastructure.

This report profiles Belgium's fixed and wireless broadband markets, providing broadband forecasts and assessing 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 amended wholesale access conditions;

Competition authority approves Telenet's acquisition of SFR Belgium;

VOO upgrades broadband offering to 100Mb/s;

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 2017, annual report for 2017, telco's financial and operating data to Q2 2018, 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 2019; 2021; 2023
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 - 2017
Table 6 Residential broadband revenue 2014 - 2017
Table 7 Residential broadband ARPU 2013 - 2017
Table 8 Fixed-line broadband penetration by service 2007 - 2017
Table 9 Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed 2010 - 2017
Table 10 Fixed-broadband lines by speed 2012 - 2017
Table 11 Broadband subscribers by operator 2012 - 2015
Table 12 Broadband market share by operator 2006 - 2015
Table 13 Forecast broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 14 Cable modem subscribers 2000 - 2018
Table 15 Telenet broadband subscribers 2006 - 2018
Table 16 DSL subscribers 2000 - 2018
Table 17 Historical Proximus fixed broadband subscribers 2000 - 2009
Table 18 Proximus fixed broadband subscribers 2010 - 2018
Table 19 Orange Belgium broadband subscribers 2008 - 2018
Table 20 Orange Belgium TV subscribers 2016 - 2018
Table 21 VDSL subscribers 2012 - 2017
Table 22 FttP/B subscribers 2012 - 2017
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
Chart 3 Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed 2010 2017
Exhibit 1 Main DSL service providers
Exhibit 2 WiMAX spectrum licenses 2001 - 2005

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