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Belgium - Mobile Market - Insights and Statistics


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Belgium - Mobile Market - Insights and Statistics

Belgium's mobile market is served by three main operators and a growing number of MVNOs. All three MNOs have upgraded their networks with HSPA technology, while LTE services are now widely available. Mobile TV offerings are available but have yet to make an impression on consumers. The market faces considerable changes if the regulator approves the April 2015 deal by which Liberty Global's local unit Telenet acquired BASE from KPN for 1.33 billion. The deal would confirm the dominance of Belgacom and Telenet/BASE in the market for bundled services. This report profiles Belgian's mobile market, providing the latest statistics on the main players, as well as the most recent developments on HSPA and LTE rollouts, emerging data markets and data services such as SMS, i-mode and mobile TV.

Key developments:

Mobistar reports 500,000 LTE subscribers; Telenet acquires BASE for 1.33 billion; Mobistar adds mobile telephony to bundled offers; regulator concludes 2.6GHz auction; Mobistar replaces 2G equipment with LTE-ready hardware; regulator achieves 360 million at auction for 800MHz spectrum; BASE receives 900MHz licence extension; Telenet extends MVNO agreement with Mobistar to 2017; mobile service revenue continues to fall; Proximus trials LTE in the 1.8GHz band; BASE contracts Ericsson for backhaul upgrade, launches DC-HSPA+ service; non-SMS mobile revenue growth outstripping SMS revenue; regulator's market data update; telcos' financial and operating data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.

Companies covered in this report include:

Proximus, Mobistar, BASE, Telenet.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of Belgium's mobile market
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Prepaid cards
3.4 Operator market shares
3.5 Mobile broadband/data
3.5.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
3.5.2 SMS over fixed networks
3.5.3 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
4. Forecasts
4.1 Forecast UMTS subscribers 2006-2012; 2015
4.2 Forecast mobile ARPU 2010 - 2015
4.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
5. Regulatory issues
5.1 Spectrum
5.1.1 GSM
5.1.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
5.1.3 Network sharing
5.1.4 800MHz spectrum
5.1.5 900MHz spectrum
5.1.6 2.1GHz spectrum
5.1.7 2.6GHz spectrum
5.2 Roaming
5.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
5.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
6. Mobile infrastructure
6.1 Digital networks
6.1.1 GSM
6.1.2 3G/UMTS
6.1.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
6.2 Other infrastructure developments
6.2.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
6.2.2 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
6.2.3 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
6.2.4 High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
6.3 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
7. Major mobile operators
7.1 Proximus
7.2 Mobistar
7.3 BASE
7.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
8. Mobile content and applications
8.1 Location-based services
8.2 Mobile TV
9. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile service revenue 2010 - 2013
Table 2 Historical Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
Table 3 Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity 2005 - 2015
Table 4 Mobile traffic 2005 - 2015
Table 5 Average use of service per subscriber per month 2011 - 2012
Table 6 Mobile voice service revenue 2001 - 2014
Table 7 Proportion of prepaid subscribers by operator 2004 - 2014
Table 8 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2001 - 2012
Table 9 Market share by operator 2002 - 2012
Table 10 Proximus SMS messages (CBU) 2008 - 2014
Table 11 SMS traffic 2001 - 2015
Table 12 SMS revenue 2010 - 2012
Table 13 Forecast UMTS subscribers 2006 - 2012; 2015
Table 14 Mobile ARPU by service 2010 - 2015
Table 15 800MHz auction results 2013
Table 16 2.6GHz auction results 2011
Table 17 Spectrum assignment overview
Table 18 European voice roaming charges 2007 - 2014
Table 19 European SMDS and data roaming charges 2011 - 2014
Table 20 Roaming revenue 2001 - 2012
Table 21 Mobile termination tariffs 2006 - 2008
Table 22 Proposed mobile termination tariffs 2009 - 2013
Table 23 Mobile termination revenue 2007 - 2012
Table 24 Annual mobile numbers ported 2002 - 2012
Table 25 Mobistar M2M connections 2009 - 2014
Table 26 Mobistar M2M revenue 2009 - 2012
Table 27 Proximus revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2014
Table 28 Proximus total subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 29 Proximus CBU subscribers by type 2007 - 2014
Table 30 Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector 2007 - 2014
Table 31 Mobistar subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 32 Mobistar data ARPU as proportion total mobile ARPU 2007 - 2012
Table 33 Mobistar Group financial data 2013 - 2014
Table 34 Mobistar mobile services revenue 2005 - 2014
Table 35 Mobistar annualised ARPU 2005 - 2014
Table 36 BASE mobile revenue 2007 - 2014
Table 37 BASE subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 38 BASE annualised ARPU 2005 - 2014
Table 39 Telenet mobile subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 40 MVNO subscribers and market share 2006 - 2013
Table 41 MVNO mobile traffic and market share 2006 - 2014
Chart 1 Mobile service revenue 2010 2014
Chart 2 Mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity 2005 - 2015
Chart 3 Market share by operator 2002 - 2012
Chart 4 Proximus CBU subscribers by type 2007 - 2014
Chart 5 Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector 2007 - 2014
Chart 6 BASE annualised ARPU 2005 - 2014

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