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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 which provide national coverage. There is a strong cable-TV sector, and effective competition in the broadband and mobile telephony markets. Broadband penetration has made considerable progress in recent years, largely thanks to regulatory measures to promote wholesale and bitstream access.

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 sells Telindus France to Vivendi; Liberty Global increases stake in Telenet; Belgacom rebrands fixed-line and IT operations as Proximus; regulator undergoes structural changes to meet strategic vision; regulator's market data update and 2012 market report; telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2014; market developments to May 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
6.5 Cloud services
7. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2013 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2012
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2013 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2014 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2014 (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 - 2012
Table 10 Total retail and wholesale telecom revenue 2011 - 2012
Table 11 Retail telecom revenue by sector 2011 - 2012
Table 12 Share of telecom revenue by sector 2011 - 2012
Table 13 Unbundled loops and access lines (historic) 2004 - 2009
Table 14 BRUO and BROBA monthly access fees 2011
Table 15 Fixed numbers ported 2000 - 2012
Table 16 Carrier preselect numbers and annual change 2000 - 2012
Table 17 Belgacom share of fixed-line traffic by type 2006 - 2012
Table 18 Fixed-line telephony revenue 2002 - 2014
Table 19 Average price for fixed-line call 2007 - 2012
Table 20 Fixed-line traffic by type 2005 - 2012
Table 21 Overall outgoing fixed-line and mobile traffic 2008 - 2014
Table 22 Belgacom (CBU) access channels 2007 - 2014
Table 23 Belgacom residential traffic 2007 - 2014
Table 24 Belgacom Group financial data 2003 - 2014
Table 25 Belgacom revenue by sector 2004 - 2014
Table 26 Belgacom revenue by operating division 2007 - 2014
Table 27 Belgacom fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2014
Table 28 Belgacom monthly ARPU by sector (CBU) 2005 - 2014
Table 29 Mobistar financial data by sector 2007 - 2014
Table 30 Mobistar subscribers by sector 2008 - 2014
Table 31 Telenet revenue by sector 2004 - 2014
Table 32 Telenet subscribers by sector 2006 - 2014
Table 33 Telenet financial data 2005 - 2014
Table 34 Telenet subscriber monthly ARPU 2005 - 2014
Table 35 Historical Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
Table 36 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Table 37 Fixed lines by type 2006 - 2012
Table 38 Altnet fixed lines 2000 - 2013
Chart 1 Fixed-line traffic by type 2005 2012
Chart 2 Belgacom residential traffic 2007 - 2014
Chart 3 Belgacom Group financial data 2003 - 2014
Chart 4 Belgacom revenue by sector 2004 - 2014
Chart 5 Belgacom revenue by operating division 2007 - 2014
Chart 6 Belgacom fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2014
Chart 7 Mobistar financial data 2007 - 2014
Chart 8 Mobistar subscribers by sector 2008 - 2014
Chart 9 Telenet revenue by sector 2004 - 2014
Chart 10 Telenet subscribers by sector 2006 - 2014
Chart 11 Telenet financial data 2005 - 2014
Chart 12 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2014
Chart 13 Fixed lines by type 2006 2012
Exhibit 1 EU The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop
Exhibit 3 Number portability defined

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