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Belgium - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts


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Belgium - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

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 trials are continuing with a view to launching commercial services later in 2012. Mobile TV offerings are available but have yet to make an impression on consumers. In this report we profile Belgian's mobile market, providing the latest statistics on the main players, as well as the most recent developments on HSPA rollouts, emerging data markets and data services such as SMS, i-mode and mobile TV. ARPU and 3G forecasts to 2015 are also provided.

Key developments:

Telenet Tecteo Bidco awarded fourth 20-year 3G licence; Mobistar adds mobile telephony to bundled offers; regulator concludes 2.6GHz auction; Mobistar invests 36 million to replace 2G equipment with LTE-ready kit; regulator sets terms for the November 2013 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 Q1 2013; market developments to September 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Proximus, Mobistar, BASE, Telenet.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of Belgium's mobile market
2.1 Mobile statistics
2.2 Operator market shares
3. Regulatory issues
3.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
3.1.1 GSM
3.1.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
3.1.3 Network sharing
3.1.4 800MHz spectrum
3.1.5 2.1GHz spectrum
3.1.6 2.6GHz spectrum
3.2 Roaming
3.3 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
3.4 Number portability (NP)
4. Mobile technologies
4.1 Digital
4.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
5. Major mobile operators
5.1 Proximus
5.2 Mobistar
5.3 BASE
5.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
6. Mobile voice services
6.1 Prepaid cards
7. Mobile Messaging
7.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
7.2 SMS over fixed networks
7.3 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
8. Mobile data services
8.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
8.2 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
8.3 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
8.4 High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
8.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
8.6 Mobile TV
8.7 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
9. Mobile applications
9.1 Location-based services
10. Forecasts
10.1 Forecast UMTS subscribers 2006-2012; 2015
10.2 Forecast mobile ARPU 2005-2010; 2015
10.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
11. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile service revenue 2004 - 2013
Table 2 Mobile revenue by type 2001 - 2012
Table 3 Historical Mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
Table 4 Mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity 2005 - 2013
Table 5 Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity 2006 - 2012
Table 6 Mobile traffic 2005 - 2013
Table 7 Market share by operator 2002 - 2012
Table 8 2.6GHz auction results 2011
Table 9 European roaming charges 2007 - 2012
Table 10 Roaming revenue 2001 - 2012
Table 11 Mobile termination tariffs 2006 - 2008
Table 12 Proposed mobile termination tariffs 2009 - 2013
Table 13 Mobile termination revenue 2007 - 2012
Table 14 Annual mobile numbers ported (historic) 2002 - 2005; 2008
Table 15 Proximus revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2013
Table 16 Proximus total subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 17 Proximus CBU subscribers by type 2007 - 2013
Table 18 Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector 2007 - 2013
Table 19 Mobistar subscribers 2007 - 2012
Table 20 Mobistar data ARPU as proportion total mobile ARPU 2007 - 2012
Table 21 Mobistar mobile revenue 2005 - 2012
Table 22 Mobistar annualised ARPU 2005 - 2012
Table 23 BASE mobile revenue 2007 - 2013
Table 24 BASE subscribers 2004 - 2013
Table 25 BASE annualised ARPU 2005 - 2013
Table 26 Telenet mobile subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 27 MVNO subscribers and market share 2006 - 2012
Table 28 MVNO mobile traffic and market share 2006 - 2013
Table 29 Mobile voice service revenue 2001 - 2013
Table 30 Proportion of prepaid subscribers by operator 2004 - 2010
Table 31 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2001 - 2012
Table 32 Proximus SMS messages (CBU) 2008 - 2013
Table 33 SMS traffic 2001 - 2013
Table 34 Mobistar M2M connections 2009 - 2012
Table 35 Mobistar M2M revenue 2009 - 2012
Table 36 Forecast UMTS subscribers 2006 - 2012; 2015
Table 37 Forecast mobile ARPU 2005 - 2010; 2015
Chart 1 Mobile service revenue 2004 2013
Chart 2 Mobile revenue by type 2001 2012
Chart 3 Mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity 2005 - 2013
Chart 4 Market share by operator 2002 - 2012
Chart 5 Proximus revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2013
Chart 6 Proximus CBU subscribers by type 2007 - 2013
Chart 7 Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector 2007 - 2013
Chart 8 BASE annualised ARPU 2005 - 2013

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