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Belgium - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

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 services are now widely available. Mobistar in April 2014 became one of the first operators globally to complete trials of LTE-A technology combining 1800MHz and 800MHz spectrum, delivering data above 200Mb/s. Mobile TV offerings are available but have yet to make an impression on consumers. This report profiles 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:

Mobistar and BASE complete trials of LTE-A technology; 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 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 Q1 2014; market developments to May 2014.

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 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
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 2010 - 2015
10.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
11. 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 - 2014
Table 4 Mobile traffic 2005 - 2014
Table 5 Average use of service per subscriber per month 2011 - 2012
Table 6 Market share by operator 2002 - 2012
Table 7 800MHz auction results 2013
Table 8 2.6GHz auction results 2011
Table 9 Spectrum assignment overview
Table 10 European voice roaming charges 2007 - 2014
Table 11 European SMDS and data roaming charges 2011 - 2014
Table 12 Roaming revenue 2001 - 2012
Table 13 Mobile termination tariffs 2006 - 2008
Table 14 Proposed mobile termination tariffs 2009 - 2013
Table 15 Mobile termination revenue 2007 - 2012
Table 16 Annual mobile numbers ported 2002 - 2012
Table 17 Proximus revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2014
Table 18 Proximus total subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 19 Proximus CBU subscribers by type 2007 - 2014
Table 20 Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector 2007 - 2014
Table 21 Mobistar subscribers 2007 - 2014
Table 22 Mobistar data ARPU as proportion total mobile ARPU 2007 - 2012
Table 23 Mobistar mobile services revenue 2005 - 2014
Table 24 Mobistar annualised ARPU 2005 - 2014
Table 25 BASE mobile revenue 2007 - 2014
Table 26 BASE subscribers 2004 - 2014
Table 27 BASE annualised ARPU 2005 - 2014
Table 28 Telenet mobile subscribers 2006 - 2014
Table 29 MVNO subscribers and market share 2006 - 2013
Table 30 MVNO mobile traffic and market share 2006 - 2014
Table 31 Mobile voice service revenue 2001 - 2014
Table 32 Proportion of prepaid subscribers by operator 2004 - 2014
Table 33 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2001 - 2012
Table 34 Proximus SMS messages (CBU) 2008 - 2014
Table 35 SMS traffic 2001 - 2014
Table 36 SMS revenue 2010 - 2012
Table 37 Mobistar M2M connections 2009 - 2012
Table 38 Mobistar M2M revenue 2009 - 2012
Table 39 Forecast UMTS subscribers 2006 - 2012; 2015
Table 40 Mobile ARPU by service 2010 - 2015
Chart 1 Mobile service revenue 2010 2014
Chart 2 Mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity 2005 - 2014
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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