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


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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 delivers on 5G trials with Huawei;
Mobistar rebrands as Orange Belgium;
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, achieves 360 million at auction for 800MHz spectrum;
BASE receives 900MHz licence extension;
Report update includes the regulator's market data update for 2016, regulator's 2016 annual report, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2018, 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
4. Mobile infrastructure
4.1 5G
4.2 4G (LTE)
4.3 3G/UMTS
4.4 GSM
5. Internet of Things (IoT)
5.1 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
6. Mobile data
6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
6.2 SMS over fixed networks
6.3 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
7. Mobile broadband
8. Forecasts mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
9. Regulatory issues
9.1 Spectrum
9.1.1 GSM
9.1.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
9.1.3 Network sharing
9.1.4 700MGz
9.1.5 800MHz spectrum
9.1.6 900MHz spectrum
9.1.7 2.1GHz spectrum
9.1.8 2.6GHz spectrum
9.1.9 SIM card registration
9.2 Roaming
9.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
9.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
10. Major mobile operators
10.1 Proximus
10.2 Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
10.3 BASE
10.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
11. Mobile content and applications
11.1 Location-based services
11.2 Mobile TV
12. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile service revenue 2012 - 2016
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 - 2016
Table 6 Mobile voice traffic 2005 - 2016
Table 7 Average use of service per subscriber per month 2010 - 2016
Table 8 Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers (MNOs) 2011 - 2016
Table 9 Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers (MNOs and MVNOs) 2011 - 2016
Table 10 LTE subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 11 M2M connections 2011 - 2016
Table 12 M2M revenue 2014 - 2016
Table 13 Orange Belgium M2M connections 2009 - 2017
Table 14 Orange Belgium M2M revenue 2009 - 2012
Table 15 Data traffic on mile networks 2012 - 2016
Table 16 Proximus mobile data traffic 2015 - 2017
Table 17 Proximus SMS messages (CBU) 2008 - 2014
Table 18 SMS traffic 2001 - 2016
Table 19 Mobile broadband subscribers by technology 2008 - 2016
Table 20 Mobile broadband penetration by technology 2009 - 2015
Table 21 Mobile subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 22 800MHz auction results 2013
Table 23 2.6GHz auction results 2011
Table 24 Spectrum assignment overview
Table 26 European roaming charges 2014 - 2017
Table 27 Mobile termination tariffs 2006 2013; 2015
Table 28 Mobile termination revenue (historic) 2007 - 2012
Table 29 Annual mobile numbers ported 2002 - 2016
Table 30 Proximus mobile revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2017
Table 31 Proximus mobile subscribers 2005 2017
Table 32 Proximus CBU subscribers by type 2007 - 2017
Table 33 Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector 2007 - 2017
Table 34 Orange Belgium subscribers (Belgium) 2007 2018
Table 35 Orange Belgium MVNOs subscribers (Belgium) 2014 2018
Table 36 Orange Belgium financial data 2013 - 2018
Table 37 Orange Belgium mobile services revenue 2005 - 2018
Table 38 Orange Belgium annualised ARPU 2005 - 2017
Table 39 Orange Belgium annualised ARPO 2017 - 2018
Table 40 BASE mobile revenue 2007 - 2018
Table 41 BASE subscribers 2004 - 2015
Table 42 Telenet mobile subscribers 2006 - 2018
Table 43 BASE annualised ARPU 2005 - 2015
Table 44 MVNO revenue 2014 - 2016
Table 45 MVNO subscribers and market share 2006 - 2016
Table 46 MVNO mobile voice traffic and market share (historic) 2006 - 2012
Chart 1 Mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity 2005 - 2018
Chart 2 Market share by operator 2002 - 2016
Chart 3 Proximus CBU subscribers by type 2007 - 2017
Chart 4 Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector 2007 - 2017
Chart 5 BASE annualised ARPU 2005 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Key global developments towards 5G standardisation
Exhibit 2 5G spectrum, speed and devices
Exhibit 3 - Key considerations for government and regulators in relation to 5G

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