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Belgium - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses


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Belgium - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Belgium's telecom market has long benefited from comprehensive DSL and cable networks, complemented by limited but increasingly prevalent fibre deployments. Though relatively small, the market has attracted investment from some of the region's major players, including Liberty Global and Orange Group. There have been significant developments in the competitive landscape in recent years, fostered by regulatory measures which require cablecos to allow competitors access to their networks. This has enabled Orange Belgium to become a viable force in the market for bundled services offerings, hitherto dominated by Proximus. Nevertheless, Orange Belgium has seen its influence in the mobile market wane in recent years, principally through having lost two key MVNOs which are now hosted on the network of its main rival BASE, owned by Telenet.

Telenet's acquisition of BASE in early 2016, and of SFR Belgium in June 2017, has made the telco the second largest in the country, a position bolstered by a strong presence in the TV and broadband sectors.

Broadband penetration has made considerable progress in recent years, largely thanks to regulatory measures to promote wholesale and bitstream access. In the mobile sector LTE availability is nearly universal, while there are ongoing investments in developing applications and services for 5G.

This report provides data and analysis on key aspects of the Belgian telecom market. It assesses the latest statistics on fixed-network services and also reviews key regulatory issues, noting the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection. The telecom infrastructure and major fixed-network operators are also profiled.

Key developments:

Regulator issues Strategic Plan covering 2017-19; Mobistar rebrands as Orange Belgium; regulator undergoes structural changes to meet strategic vision; report update includes the regulator's market data for 2016, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Proximus (Belgacom), COLT, Orange Belgium (Mobistar), Scarlet, Tele2, Telenet, Versatel.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Historical overview
4.2 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 Historic overview
5.2 EU regulatory framework
5.3 Revised NFR
5.4 Regulatory authority
5.5 Government policies
5.6 Interconnect
5.7 Access
5.8 Cable network access
5.9 Number Portability (NP)
5.10 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
5.11 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Proximus
6.3 COLT Telecom
6.4 Orange Belgium
6.5 Scarlet (formerly KPN Belgium)
6.6 Tele2 Belgium
6.7 Telenet
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
7.2 Next Generation Network (NGN)
7.3 International infrastructure
7.4 Cloud services
7.5 Smart meters
8. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2016
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2016
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2016
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2016
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Telecom market investment: fixed and mobile by sector 2006 2010; 2014 - 15
Table 9 Telecom market investment: network and licenses 2011 - 2015
Table 10 Telecom investment as a proportion of revenue 2011 - 2015
Table 11 Telecom market investment by operator (regulator data) 2007 - 2013
Table 12 Retail telecom revenue by sector 2011 - 2016
Table 13 Total telecom revenue by sector 2011 - 2016
Table 14 Fixed voice ARPU 2008 - 2015
Table 15 Unbundled loops and access lines (historic) 2004 - 2009
Table 16 Fixed numbers ported 2000 - 2015
Table 17 Carrier preselect numbers and annual change 2000 - 2015
Table 18 Proximus share of fixed-line traffic by type 2006 - 2012
Table 19 Fixed-line telephony revenue 2002 - 2015
Table 20 Average price for fixed-line call 2007 - 2013
Table 21 Fixed-line and mobile traffic volume 2007 - 2016
Table 22 Fixed-line traffic by type 2005 - 2015
Table 23 Proximus (CBU) access channels 2007 - 2017
Table 24 Proximus Group financial data 2003 - 2017
Table 25 Proximus revenue by sector 2004 - 2017
Table 26 Proximus revenue by operating division 2007 - 2017
Table 27 Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2017
Table 28 Proximus monthly ARPU by sector (CBU) 2005 - 2017
Table 30 Orange Belgium service revenue by sector 2007 - 2017
Table 32 Orange Belgium subscribers by sector 2008 - 2017
Table 33 Telenet revenue by sector 2004 - 2017
Table 34 Telenet subscribers by sector 2006 - 2017
Table 35 Telenet financial data 2005 - 2017
Table 36 Telenet subscriber monthly ARPU 2005 - 2014
Table 37 Historical Fixed lines in service and teledensity 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 38 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 - 2018
Table 39 Fixed lines by type 2006 - 2015
Chart 1 Fixed-line traffic by type 2005 2015
Chart 2 Proximus Group financial data 2003 - 2017
Chart 3 Proximus revenue by sector 2004 - 2017
Chart 4 Proximus revenue by operating division 2007 - 2017
Chart 5 Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 - 2017
Chart 6 Telenet revenue by sector 2004 - 2017
Chart 7 Telenet subscribers by sector 2006 - 2017
Chart 8 Telenet financial data 2005 - 2017
Chart 9 Fixed lines in service and teledensity 2005 - 2018
Exhibit 1 EU The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop
Exhibit 3 Number portability defined

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