Belgium - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews


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Belgium - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

Belgium's medium-sized telecom market benefits from comprehensive DSL and cable networks, a strong cable-TV sector, and effective competition in the broadband and mobile telephone markets. Broadband penetration lags behind the leading European nations but new regulatory measures to promote wholesale and bitstream access should address lingering issues.

This report provides data and analysis on key aspects of the Belgian telecom market. It assesses the latest statistics on fixed-network services and also reviews key regulatory issues, noting the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection. The telecom infrastructure and major fixed-network operators and are also profiled.

Key developments:

Belgacom rebrands fixed-line and IT operations as Proximus; Liberty Global increases stake in Telenet; regulator undergoes structural changes to meet strategic vision to 2013; regulator's market data update; telcos' financial and operating data to Q4 2013; market developments to March 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

Belgacom, COLT, Mobistar, Scarlet, Tele2, Telenet, Versatel.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Overview of Belgium's telecom market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 History
4.1.1 EU regulatory framework
4.1.2 Revised NFR
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 Belgian Institute for Posts and Telecommunications (BIPT)
4.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Belgium
4.3.1 Privatisation of Belgacom
4.3.2 Interconnect
4.3.3 Access
4.3.4 Number Portability (NP)
4.3.5 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4.3.6 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
5. Fixed network operators in Belgium
5.1 Overview of operators
5.2 Belgacom
5.3 COLT Telecom NV
5.4 Mobistar
5.5 Scarlet (formerly KPN Belgium)
5.6 Tele2 Belgium
5.7 Telenet
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 National telecom network
6.2 Next Generation Network (NGN)
6.3 International infrastructure
6.4 E-Health services
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2013 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2012
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2012 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2013 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2012 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2012 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Telecom market investment: fixed and mobile by sector 2006 - 2012
Table 9 Telecom market investment (regulator data) 2007 - 2011
Table 10 Total telecom market revenue by sector 2006 - 2013
Table 11 Telecom market revenue (not inc. TV) 2006 - 2013
Table 12 Share of telecom revenue by sector 2011
Table 13 Unbundled loops and access lines 2004 - 2009
Table 14 BRUO and BROBA monthly access fees 2011
Table 15 Fixed numbers ported (historical) 2000 - 2005
Table 16 Carrier preselect numbers and annual change 2000 - 2010
Table 17 Fixed-line telephony revenue 2002 - 2013
Table 18 Fixed-line traffic by type 2005 - 2012
Table 19 Belgacom (CBU) access channels 2007 - 2013
Table 20 Belgacom residential traffic 2007 - 2013
Table 21 Belgacom Group financial data 2003 - 2013
Table 22 Belgacom revenue by sector 2004 - 2013
Table 23 Belgacom revenue by operating division 2007 - 2013
Table 24 Belgacom fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2013
Table 25 Belgacom monthly ARPU by sector (CBU) 2005 - 2013
Table 26 Mobistar financial data by sector 2007 - 2012
Table 27 Mobistar subscribers by sector 2008 - 2012
Table 28 Telenet revenue by sector 2004 - 2013
Table 29 Telenet subscribers by sector 2006 - 2013
Table 30 Telenet financial data 2005 - 2013
Table 31 Telenet subscriber monthly ARPU 2005 - 2013
Table 32 Historical Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
Table 33 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2013
Table 34 Fixed lines by type 2006 - 2012
Table 35 Altnet fixed lines 2000 - 2013
Chart 1 Telecom market revenue by sector 2006 - 2013
Chart 2 Fixed-line traffic by type 2005 2012
Chart 3 Belgacom residential traffic 2007 - 2013
Chart 4 Belgacom Group financial data 2003 - 2013
Chart 5 Belgacom revenue by sector 2004 - 2013
Chart 6 Belgacom revenue by operating division 2007 - 2013
Chart 7 Belgacom fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2013
Chart 8 Mobistar financial data 2007 - 2012
Chart 9 Mobistar subscribers by sector 2008 - 2013
Chart 10 Telenet revenue by sector 2004 - 2013
Chart 11 Telenet subscribers by sector 2006 - 2013
Chart 12 Telenet financial data 2005 - 2013
Chart 13 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2013
Chart 14 Fixed lines by type 2006 2012
Exhibit 1 EU The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 3 Number portability defined

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