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Belgium - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

Belgium - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

Telenet emerges as a key player in Belgium’s mobile market

Though relatively small, Belgium’s telecom market has attracted investment from some of the region’s major players, including Liberty Global and Orange. There have been significant developments in the competitive landscape in recent years, fostered by regulatory measures which in April 2015 finalised requirements for cablecos to allow competitors access to their networks. This has enabled Movistar to become a viable force in the market for bundled services offerings, hitherto dominated by Proximus. In addition, Telenet in early 2015 acquired BASE from KPN. The deal propelled Telenet as the second largest mobile services provider in the country, a position bolstered overall by the company’s existing strong presence in the TV and broadband sectors.

Belgium enjoys effective competition between the DSL and cable platforms, and benefits from comprehensive coverage. Network investments from Telenet and Proximus using a combination of DOCSIS 3.0, hybrid fibre/VDSL and FttP technologies 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.

Belgium’s mobile market is dominated by Movistar, Proximus and a newly formed BASE/Telenet following KPN’s sale of its local division. All three have invested in network upgrades, and mid-2015 LTE was available to over 90% of the population.

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.

This report provides data and analyses on key aspects of the Belgian telecom market. It assesses the latest statistics on fixed-network services and also reviews the principal regulatory issues, noting the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection. The national telecom infrastructure and major fixed-network operators are also profiled, including operational and financial data and an assessment of company strategies in a highly competitive environment. The report also reviews developments bundled services, and assesses the country’s digital media landscape, supported by statistics on the major service providers. It also profiles Belgium’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, including forecasts for selective years to 2020, as well as the mobile market, covering the main players as well as recent developments with HSPA and LTE rollouts, and emerging data services.

Key developments:

Regulator proposes reducing cable network access charges by a third, adopts review of access processes;
Proximus’s VDSL2 network providing over 88% population coverage, serving over one million subscribers;
Regulator approves cable wholesale offers;
Telenet acquires BASE for €1.33 billion;
Numéricable upgrades broadband services to 200Mb/s;
Networks on track to reach national 30Mb/s connectivity by 2020;
Movistar adds VoD to quintuple-play bundle;
New telecom law allows customers to cancel subscriptions within two months;
Mobistar refinances in June 2015 with an additional €420 million;
Report update includes regulator’s market data reports, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Belgacom (Proximus), COLT, Mobistar, Scarlet, Tele2, Telenet, Versatel, Telenet, Liberty Global, BASE


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • THE MARKET IN 2015
      • Table Telecom market investment: fixed and mobile by sector (historic) - 2006 - 2010
      • Table Telecom market investment (regulator data) - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Retail telecom revenue by sector - 2011 - 2014
      • Table Share of telecom revenue by sector - 2011 - 2012
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
      • EU regulatory framework
      • Revised NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • GOVERNMENT POLICIES
      • Interconnect
      • Access
        • Table Unbundled loops and access lines (historic) - 2004 - 2009
      • Cable network access
      • 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 MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Proximus share of fixed-line traffic by type - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Fixed-line telephony revenue - 2002 - 2014
      • Table Average price for fixed-line call - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Fixed-line and mobile traffic volume - 2007 - 2014
      • Table Fixed-line traffic by type - 2005 - 2012
    • PROXIMUS
      • Table Proximus (CBU) access channels - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Proximus residential traffic - 2007 - 2014
      • Table Proximus Group financial data - 2003 - 2015
      • Table Proximus revenue by sector - 2004 - 2015
      • Table Proximus revenue by operating division - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Proximus monthly ARPU by sector (CBU) - 2005 - 2015
    • COLT TELECOM NV
    • MOBISTAR
      • Table Mobistar financial data by sector - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Mobistar subscribers by sector - 2008 - 2015
    • SCARLET (FORMERLY KPN BELGIUM)
    • TELE2 BELGIUM
    • TELENET
      • Table Telenet revenue by sector - 2004 - 2015
      • Table Telenet subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2015
      • Table Telenet financial data - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Telenet subscriber monthly ARPU - 2005 - 2014
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historical - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2015
      • 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
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historical - Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Historical - Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology - 2000 - 2004
        • Table Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Broadband subscription net additions per year - 2005 - 2012
        • Table Fixed-line broadband penetration - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Fixed-line broadband penetration by service - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed - 2007 - 2013
      • Market share
        • Table Broadband market share by operator - 2006 - 2012
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2015; 2017; 2020
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - 2015; 2017; 2020
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Introduction
        • Table Cable modem subscribers - 2000 - 2015
      • Telenet
        • Table Telenet broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Telenet financial data - 2005 - 2015
      • Interkabel
      • Numéricable
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table Key ADSL service providers
      • Table ADSL subscribers - 2000 - 2015
      • Proximus
        • Table Historical - Proximus ADSL subscribers - 2000 - 2004
        • Table Proximus ADSL subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • Versatel/Tele2 Belgium
      • Mobistar
        • Table Mobistar broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2015
      • Other DSL developments
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Introduction
      • Government support
      • Regulating fibre
      • Digital Metropolis Antwerp
      • Proximus
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES (IF RELEVANT)
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
        • Table WLL broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2014
      • WLAN/WiFi
      • WiMAX
        • Table WiMAX spectrum licenses - 2001 - 2005
    • COMPETITION ISSUES
      • Wholesale
      • Naked DSL
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
    • SATELLITE TV
      • Table Historical - Satellite TV subscribers - 1995 - 2004
      • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2005 - 2011; 2015
    • CABLE TV
      • Table Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
      • Table Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate - 2004 - 2012; 2015
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
      • DTT licence issued
      • Digital switch-over
    • INTERACTIVE TV (IDTV)
    • KEY DIGITAL MEDIA PLAYERS
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table Bundled services by type - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Proportion of bundled services by type - 2007 - 2014
      • Major players
        • Table Proximus TV households - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Proximus annualised IPTV ARPU, revenue - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Telenet cable TV subscribers by sector - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Telenet subscriber annualised monthly ARPU - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Telenet triple-play subscribers - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Telenet bundled services penetration - 2012 - 2014
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP, MESSAGING, CONFERENCING
      • VoIP
        • Table VoIP connections - 2006 - 2012
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF BELGIUM'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Table Mobile service revenue - 2010 - 2014
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historical - Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
        • Table Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity - 2005 - 2015
      • Mobile voice
        • Table Mobile traffic - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Average use of service per subscriber per month (historic) - 2011 - 2012
        • Table Mobile voice service revenue - 2001 - 2015
      • Prepaid cards
        • Table Prepaid and contract subscribers (historic) - 2001 - 2012
      • Operator market shares
        • Table Market share by operator - 2002 - 2015
      • Mobile data
        • Table Proximus SMS messages (CBU) - 2008 - 2014
        • Table SMS traffic - 2001 - 2015
        • Table SMS revenue - 2010 - 2015
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by technology - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Mobile broadband penetration by technology - 2009 - 2015
      • Forecast - mobile ARPU - 2015; 2017; 2020
        • Table Mobile ARPU by service - 2015; 2017; 2020
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum
        • 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
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Proposed mobile termination tariffs - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Mobile termination revenue (historic) - 2007 - 2012
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported (historic) - 2002 - 2012
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
        • Table Mobistar M2M connections - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Mobistar M2M revenue - 2009 - 2012
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Proximus
        • Table Proximus revenue by sector (CBU) - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Proximus total subscribers - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Proximus CBU subscribers by type - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector - 2007 - 2015
      • Mobistar
        • Table Mobistar subscribers - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Mobistar data ARPU as proportion total mobile ARPU - 2007 - 2012
        • Table Mobistar Group financial data - 2013 - 2015
        • Table Mobistar mobile services revenue - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Mobistar annualised ARPU - 2005 - 2015
      • BASE
        • Table BASE mobile revenue - 2007 - 2015
        • Table BASE subscribers - 2004 - 2015
        • Table BASE annualised ARPU - 2005 - 2015
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
        • Table Telenet mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2015
        • Table MVNO subscribers and market share - 2006 - 2013
        • Table MVNO mobile traffic and market share - 2006 - 2014
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Location-based services
      • Mobile TV

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