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Belgium - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses


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Belgium - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Belgium's mobile market is served by the three network operators Proximus, Orange Belgium and BASE (owned by Liberty Global's local unit Telenet) and by a number of MVNOs. Mobile networks have upgraded with HSPA and LTE technologies while Proximus and Telenet have initiated trials to develop services based on 5G. The market continues to see activity, with two new MVNOs licensed in late 2016 and with Lycamobile acquiring Telenet's MVNO Ortel Mobile in June 2017. With BASE already the dominant host network for MVNO, the switch of Lycamobile from the Orange Belgium to the BASE network meant that BASE now commands about 90% of all wholesale mobile connections.

This report profiles Belgian's mobile market, providing the latest statistics on the main players, as well as recent developments on HSPA and LTE rollouts as well as the future deployment of 5G.

Key developments:

Lycamobile Belgium switches host network from Orange Belgium to BASE; Proximus begins 5G trials with Huawei; Mobistar rebrands as Orange Belgium; regulator planning to allow MNOs to trial 5G technology using suitable spectrum bands; public consultation on the release of 30MHz in the 700MHz band expected by late 2017; pre-paid mobile SIM cards registration comes into force; Broadband Belgium to set up TD-LTE wireless network using 3.5GHz and 10.5GHz spectrum; Telenet acquires BASE for 1.325 billion; Orange Belgium adds mobile telephony to bundled offers; regulator concludes 2.6GHz auction; regulator achieves 360 million at auction for 800MHz spectrum; BASE receives 900MHz licence extension; report update includes the regulator's market data update for 2016, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Proximus, Orange Belgium (Mobistar), BASE, Telenet, Lycamobile Belgium.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile data
3.2.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
3.2.2 SMS over fixed networks
3.2.3 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
3.3 Mobile broadband
3.4 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
3.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Spectrum
4.1.1 GSM
4.1.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
4.1.3 Network sharing
4.1.4 700MGz
4.1.5 800MHz spectrum
4.1.6 900MHz spectrum
4.1.7 2.1GHz spectrum
4.1.8 2.6GHz spectrum
4.1.9 SIM card registration
4.2 Roaming
4.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
4.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 GSM
5.1.2 3G/UMTS
5.1.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.1.4 5G developments
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
5.2.2 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
5.2.3 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
5.2.4 High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
5.3 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Proximus
6.2 Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
6.3 BASE
6.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Location-based services
7.2 Mobile TV
8. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile service revenue 2011 - 2015
Table 2 Historical Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and penetration 1999 - 2009
Table 3 Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 4 Market share by operator 2002 - 2016
Table 5 Mobile ARPU 2005 - 2015
Table 6 Mobile voice traffic 2005 - 2015
Table 7 Average use of service per subscriber per month 2010 - 2015
Table 8 Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers (MNOs) 2011 - 2016
Table 9 Data traffic on mile networks 2012 - 2015
Table 10 Proximus mobile data traffic 2015 - 2017
Table 11 Proximus SMS messages (CBU) 2008 - 2014
Table 12 SMS traffic 2001 - 2016
Table 13 Mobile broadband subscribers by technology 2008 - 2015
Table 14 Mobile broadband penetration by technology 2009 - 2015
Table 15 Mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 16 800MHz auction results 2013
Table 17 2.6GHz auction results 2011
Table 18 Spectrum assignment overview
Table 20 European roaming charges 2014 - 2017
Table 21 Mobile termination tariffs 2006 2013; 2015
Table 22 Mobile termination revenue (historic) 2007 - 2012
Table 23 Annual mobile numbers ported (historic) 2002 - 2012
Table 24 M2M connections 2011 - 2016
Table 25 Orange Belgium M2M connections 2009 - 2017
Table 26 Orange Belgium M2M revenue 2009 - 2012
Table 27 Proximus mobile revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2017
Table 28 Proximus mobile subscribers 2005 2017
Table 29 Proximus CBU subscribers by type 2007 - 2017
Table 30 Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector 2007 - 2017
Table 31 Orange Belgium subscribers (Belgium) 2007 2017
Table 32 Orange Belgium MVNOs subscribers (Belgium) 2014 2017
Table 33 Orange Belgium financial data 2013 - 2017
Table 34 Orange Belgium mobile services revenue 2005 - 2017
Table 35 Orange Belgium annualised ARPU 2005 - 2017
Table 36 BASE mobile revenue 2007 - 2017
Table 37 BASE subscribers 2004 - 2015
Table 38 Telenet mobile subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 39 BASE annualised ARPU 2005 - 2015
Table 40 MVNO subscribers and market share 2006 - 2016
Table 41 MVNO mobile voice traffic and market share (historic) 2006 - 2012
Chart 1 Mobile service revenue 2011 2015
Chart 2 Mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity 2005 - 2018
Chart 3 Market share by operator 2002 - 2016
Chart 4 Proximus CBU subscribers by type 2007 - 2017
Chart 5 Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector 2007 - 2017
Chart 6 BASE annualised ARPU 2005 - 2015

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