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

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

Belgium's mobile market is served by the three network operators Proximus, Orange Belgium and BASE and by a number of MVNOs. Mobile networks have been upgraded with LTE technology to support growing mobile data use among subscribers, while operators have also trialled 5G in preparation for launching services in 2020 and 2021. However, the auction of 5G-suitable spectrum has been delayed to 2020, while the onerous restrictions on radiation have meant that some 5G trials have been suspended.

The market continues to be transformed, particularly with MVNOs shifting between networks. The government is keen to set the framework which could enable a new player to enter the market in 2020 following the award of spectrum in the 3.5GHz and other bands earmarked for 5G services. Existing operators are opposed to such a move, citing harsh competitive conditions and pressure on both revenue and investment in the sector. A characteristic of the market is customer preference for quad-play services, and to this end MNOs are strengthening their fixed-line offerings. In this landscape the mobile-only provides will struggle to gain customers in coming years.

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:

Spectrum auction for 5G delayed to 2020;
Proximus and Orange Belgium progress with 5G trials;
Pre-paid mobile SIM cards registration leads to drop in subscriber numbers;
Orange Belgium adds mobile telephony to bundled offers;
Regulator concludes 2.6GHz auction, achieves 360 million at auction for 800MHz spectrum;
Report update includes the regulators market data update for 2017, regulators 2018 annual report, telcos financial and operating data to Q1 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • Synopsis
  • Market analysis
    • Table Mobile revenue – 2012 – 2017
  • Mobile statistics
    • GENERAL STATISTICS
      • Table Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity – 2010 – 2019
      • Table Market share by operator – 2009 – 2018
      • Table Mobile ARPU – 2011 – 2019
      • Table Mobile voice traffic – 2005 – 2018
      • Table Average use of service per subscriber per month – 2010 – 2018
      • Table Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers (residential, MNOs) – 2012 – 2017
  • Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Table Forecast - Mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
      • Table LTE subscribers with data – 2013 – 2017
    • 3G
      • Table 3G subscribers with data – 2013 – 2017
    • GSM
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M)
      • Table M2M connections – 2011 – 2018
      • Table M2M revenue – 2014 – 2017
      • Table Orange Belgium M2M connections – 2009 – 2019
  • Mobile data
    • Table Mobile data traffic – 2012 – 2019
    • Table Average data traffic per subscribers per month – 2013 – 2019
    • Table Proximus average mobile data traffic – 2016 – 2018
    • SHORT MESSAGE SERVICE (SMS)
      • Table SMS traffic – 2009 – 2019
    • MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING SERVICE (MMS)
  • Mobile broadband
    • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by technology – 2008 – 2019
    • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 – 2019
  • Regulatory issues
    • SPECTRUM
      • GSM
      • 3G
      • Network sharing
      • 700MHz
      • 800MHz spectrum
        • Table 800MHz auction results – 2013
      • 900MHz spectrum
      • 1400MHz
      • 2.1GHz spectrum
      • 2.6GHz spectrum
        • Table 2.6GHz auction results – 2011
        • Table Spectrum assignment overview
      • 3.5GHz
      • SIM card registration
    • ROAMING
      • Table Mobile roaming voice traffic – 2015 – 2017
    • MOBILE TERMINATION RATES (MTRS)
      • Table Mobile termination voice revenue – 2007 – 2017
    • MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY (MNP)
      • Table Annual mobile numbers ported – 2002 – 2017
  • Major mobile operators
    • PROXIMUS
      • Table Proximus mobile revenue by sector (CBU) – 2007 – 2019
      • Table Proximus mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2019
      • Table Proximus CBU mobile subscribers by type – 2007 – 2019
      • Table Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector – 2007 – 2019
    • ORANGE BELGIUM (MOBISTAR)
      • Table Orange Belgium subscribers (Belgium) – 2007 – 2019
      • Table Orange Belgium MVNOs subscribers (Belgium) – 2014 – 2019
      • Table Orange Belgium financial data – 2013 – 2019
      • Table Orange Belgium mobile services revenue – 2005 – 2019
      • Table Orange Belgium annualised ARPU – 2005 – 2016
      • Table Orange Belgium annualised ARPO – 2017 – 2018
    • BASE (TELENET)
      • Table Telenet mobile revenue – 2007 – 2019
      • Table Telenet mobile subscribers – 2006 – 2019
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
      • Table MVNO subscribers and market share – 2006 – 2017
      • Table MVNO revenue – 2012 – 2017
      • Table MVNO mobile voice traffic and market share – 2006 – 2017
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