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Belgium - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

Belgium - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

Belgium's telecom market has long benefited from comprehensive DSL and cable networks. Though relatively small, the market has attracted investment from some of the region's major players, including Liberty Global and Orange. There have been significant developments in the competitive landscape in recent years, fostered by regulatory measures which in April 2015 finalised requirements for cablecos to allow competitors access to their networks. This has enabled Movistar to become a viable force in the market for bundled services offerings, hitherto dominated by Proximus. In addition, Telenet in early 2015 acquired BASE from KPN after KPN decided that the market conditions were unfavourable. The deal propelled Telenet as the second largest mobile services provider in the country, a position bolstered by a strong presence in the TV and broadband sectors. 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:

Regulator proposes reducing cable network access charges by a third, adopts review of access processes; Belgacom sells Telindus France to Vivendi; Telenet acquires BASE; Belgacom rebrands fixed-line and IT operations as Proximus; regulator undergoes structural changes to meet strategic vision; regulator's market data update and 2013 market report; telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

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


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 The market in 2015
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.1.1 EU regulatory framework
4.1.2 Revised NFR
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.3 Government policies
4.3.1 Interconnect
4.3.2 Access
4.3.3 Cable network access
4.3.4 Number Portability (NP)
4.3.5 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4.3.6 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
5. Fixed network operators
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Proximus
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 Overview of the 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 2015 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2014 (e)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2015 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Telecom market investment: fixed and mobile by sector (historic) 2006 - 2010
Table 9 Telecom market investment (regulator data) 2007 - 2012
Table 11 Retail telecom revenue by sector 2011 - 2014
Table 12 Share of telecom revenue by sector 2011 - 2012
Table 13 Unbundled loops and access lines (historic) 2004 - 2009
Table 15 Fixed numbers ported 2000 - 2012
Table 16 Carrier preselect numbers and annual change 2000 - 2012
Table 17 Proximus 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 - 2013
Table 19 Fixed-line and mobile traffic volume 2007 - 2014
Table 20 Fixed-line traffic by type 2005 - 2012
Table 22 Proximus (CBU) access channels 2007 - 2015
Table 23 Proximus residential traffic 2007 - 2014
Table 24 Proximus Group financial data 2003 - 2015
Table 25 Proximus revenue by sector 2004 - 2015
Table 26 Proximus revenue by operating division 2007 - 2015
Table 27 Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2015
Table 28 Proximus monthly ARPU by sector (CBU) 2005 - 2015
Table 29 Mobistar financial data by sector 2007 - 2015
Table 30 Mobistar subscribers by sector 2008 - 2015
Table 31 Telenet revenue by sector 2004 - 2015
Table 32 Telenet subscribers by sector 2006 - 2015
Table 33 Telenet financial data 2005 - 2015
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 - 2015
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 Proximus residential traffic 2007 - 2014
Chart 3 Proximus Group financial data 2003 - 2015
Chart 4 Proximus revenue by sector 2004 - 2015
Chart 5 Proximus revenue by operating division 2007 - 2015
Chart 6 Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2015
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 - 2015
Chart 11 Telenet financial data 2005 - 2015
Chart 12 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2015
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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