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Belgium - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2012
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF BELGIUM'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Telecom market investment: fixed and mobile by sector - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Telecom market investment (regulator data) - 2007 - 2012
      • Table Total retail and wholesale telecom revenue - 2011 - 2012
      • Table Retail telecom revenue by sector - 2011 - 2012
      • Table Share of telecom revenue by sector - 2011 - 2012
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORY
      • EU regulatory framework
      • Revised NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Belgian Institute for Posts and Telecommunications (BIPT)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN BELGIUM
      • Privatisation of Belgacom
      • Interconnect
      • Access
        • Table Unbundled loops and access lines (historic) - 2004 - 2009
        • Table BRUO and BROBA monthly access fees - 2011
      • Number Portability (NP)
        • Table Fixed numbers ported - 2000 - 2012
      • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
        • Table Carrier preselect numbers and annual change - 2000 - 2012
      • Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF OPERATORS
      • Table Belgacom share of fixed-line traffic by type - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Fixed-line telephony revenue - 2002 - 2014
      • Table Average price for fixed-line call - 2007 - 2012
      • Table Fixed-line traffic by type - 2005 - 2012
      • Table Overall outgoing fixed-line and mobile traffic - 2008 - 2014
    • BELGACOM
      • Company overview
      • Company statistics
        • Table Belgacom (CBU) access channels - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Belgacom residential traffic - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Belgacom Group financial data - 2003 - 2014
        • Table Belgacom revenue by sector - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Belgacom revenue by operating division - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Belgacom fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Belgacom monthly ARPU by sector (CBU) - 2005 - 2014
    • COLT TELECOM NV
    • MOBISTAR
      • Company overview
      • Company statistics
        • Table Mobistar financial data by sector - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Mobistar subscribers by sector - 2008 - 2014
    • SCARLET (FORMERLY KPN BELGIUM)
    • TELE2 BELGIUM
    • TELENET
      • Company overview
      • Company statistics
        • Table Telenet revenue by sector - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Telenet subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Telenet financial data - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Telenet subscriber monthly ARPU - 2005 - 2014
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historical - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2014
      • Table Fixed lines by type - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Altnet fixed lines - 2000 - 2013
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORK (NGN)
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • E-HEALTH SERVICES
    • CLOUD SERVICES
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Historical - Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology - 2000 - 2004
        • Table Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Broadband subscription net additions per year - 2005 - 2012
        • Table Fixed-line broadband penetration - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Fixed-line broadband penetration by service - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed - 2007 - 2012
        • Table Broadband market share by operator - 2006 - 2012
    • CABLE MODEMS
      • Table Cable modem subscribers - 2000 - 2014
      • Telenet
        • Table Telenet broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Telenet financial data - 2005 - 2014
      • Interkabel
      • Numéricable
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table Key ADSL service providers
      • Table ADSL subscribers - 2000 - 2014
      • Belgacom's DSL services
        • Table Historical - Belgacom ADSL subscribers - 2000 - 2004
        • Table Belgacom ADSL subscribers - 2005 - 2014
      • Versatel/Tele2 Belgium
      • Mobistar
        • Table Mobistar broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2014
    • OTHER DSL DEVELOPMENTS
      • SDSL
      • VDSL
      • G.SHDSL
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISE (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Government support
      • Regulating fibre
      • Digital Metropolis Antwerp
      • Belgacom
    • BROADBAND POWERLINE (BPL)
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
        • Table WLL broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2014
      • WLAN/WiFi
      • WiMAX
        • Table WiMAX spectrum licenses - 2001 - 2005
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by technology - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Mobile broadband penetration by technology - 2009 - 2013
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • KEY GENERAL TRENDS
    • BUSINESS MODELS
      • Bundled services
        • Table Bundled services by type - 2007 - 2012
        • Table Proportion of bundled services by type - 2007 - 2012
        • Table Telenet triple-play subscribers - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Telenet bundled services penetration - 2012 - 2014
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
    • DIGITAL TV (DTV)
      • Table Broadcasting revenue - 2011-2014
      • Broadband TV (IPTV)
        • Table Belgacom TV households - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Belgacom annualised IPTV ARPU, revenue - 2006 - 2014
      • VoIP
        • Table VoIP connections - 2006 - 2012
      • Video-on-Demand (VoD)
      • Cable TV
        • Table Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate - 2004 - 2012; 2015
        • Table Telenet cable TV subscribers by sector - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Telenet subscriber annualised monthly ARPU - 2005 - 2014
      • Satellite TV
        • Table Historical - Satellite TV subscribers - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2005 - 2011; 2015
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
      • Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
      • Interactive TV (iDTV)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF BELGIUM'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Table Mobile service revenue - 2010 - 2013
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historical - Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity - 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2004
        • Table Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Mobile traffic - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Average use of service per subscriber per month- 2011 - 2012
      • Operator market shares
        • Table Market share by operator - 2002 - 2012
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table 800MHz auction results - 2013
        • Table 2.6GHz auction results - 2011
        • Table Spectrum assignment overview
      • Roaming
        • Table European voice roaming charges - 2007 - 2014
        • Table European SMDS and data roaming charges - 2011 - 2014
        • Table Roaming revenue - 2001 - 2012
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile termination tariffs - 2006 - 2008
        • Table Proposed mobile termination tariffs - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Mobile termination revenue - 2007 - 2012
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported - 2002 - 2012
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Proximus
        • Table Proximus revenue by sector (CBU) - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Proximus total subscribers - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Proximus CBU subscribers by type - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector - 2007 - 2014
      • Mobistar
        • Table Mobistar subscribers - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Mobistar data ARPU as proportion total mobile ARPU - 2007 - 2012
        • Table Mobistar mobile services revenue - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Mobistar annualised ARPU - 2005 - 2014
      • BASE
        • Table BASE mobile revenue - 2007 - 2014
        • Table BASE subscribers - 2004 - 2014
        • Table BASE annualised ARPU - 2005 - 2014
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
        • Table Telenet mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2014
        • Table MVNO subscribers and market share - 2006 - 2013
        • Table MVNO mobile traffic and market share - 2006 - 2014
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Table Mobile voice service revenue - 2001 - 2014
      • Prepaid cards
        • Table Proportion of prepaid subscribers by operator - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Prepaid and contract subscribers - 2001 - 2012
    • MOBILEMESSAGING
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table Proximus SMS messages (CBU) - 2008 - 2014
        • Table SMS traffic - 2001 - 2014
        • Table SMS revenue - 2010 - 2012
      • SMS over fixed networks
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • Mobile TV
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
        • Table Mobistar M2M connections - 2009 - 2012
        • Table Mobistar M2M revenue - 2009 - 2012
    • MOBILE APPLICATIONS
      • Location-based services
  • FORECASTS
    • FORECAST - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2010-2012; 2020
      • Scenario 1 - higher broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario - 2010 - 2012; 2020
        • Table Forecast broadband penetration - higher market growth scenario - 2007 - 2012; 2020
      • Scenario 2 - lower broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - lower market growth scenario - 2010 - 2012; 2020
        • Table Forecast broadband penetration - lower market growth scenario - 2007 - 2012; 2020
    • FORECAST -UMTS SUBSCRIBERS 2006-2012; 2015
      • Table Forecast UMTS subscribers - 2006 - 2012; 2015
    • FORECAST - MOBILE ARPU - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Forecast Mobile ARPU by service - 2010 - 2015
    • NOTES ON SCENARIO FORECASTS

Belgium - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Belgium spearheads LTE-A trials, 800MHz spectrum made available for mobile broadband services

Belgium’s medium-sized telecom market benefits from comprehensive DSL and cable networks which both provide near national coverage. There is a strong cable-TV sector, and effective competition in the broadband and mobile telephony markets. Broadband penetration has made considerable progress in recent years, largely thanks to regulatory measures to promote wholesale and bitstream access.

The 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.

In the broadband sector there is effective competition between the DSL and cable platforms, though prices remain relatively high since the take-up for unbundled loops is low the incumbent Belgacom remains the dominant DSL provider. Network investments from Telenet, deploying DOCSIS 3.0, and from Belgacom with its hybrid fibre/VDSL network have greatly improved the availability of faster services in recent years. Related to this development is the growing popularity of bundled services offerings among consumers, and the efforts among telcos to offer the full range of services.

The broadcasting sector is characterised by language variations to accommodate the French and Walloon regions. Analogue broadcasts have been switched off nationally, allowing for digital dividend spectrum to be auctioned in late 2013 for mobile broadband services.

This report provides data and analysis on key aspects of the Belgian telecom market. It assesses the latest statistics on fixed-network infrastructure and services, and reviews key regulatory issues, noting the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection. The strategies and operating performance of the major operators are also profiled. It also considers the mobile market, providing the latest statistics on the main players, as well as the most recent developments on HSPA and LTE rollouts, as well as emerging data markets and data services such as SMS and mobile TV. ARPU and 3G forecasts to 2015 are also provided. In the fixed and wireless broadband markets the report details developments in technologies including VDSL, vectoring DSL, DOCSIS.30, FttX, WiFi, FWA and WiMAX.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.


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