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Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Belgium regulator to set aside spectrum for MNOs’ 5G trials

Belgium’s telecom market has long benefited from comprehensive DSL and cable networks, complemented by limited 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. In addition, Telenet in early 2016 completed its acquisition of the mobile provider BASE from KPN. The deal propelled Telenet as the second largest telco in the country, a position bolstered by a strong presence in the TV and broadband sectors. In 2015 overall telecom revenue increased 2.4% year-on-year, a trend which can be anticipated for 2016 as consumer confidence in economic recovery is translated into greater adoption of mobile data and IP-delivered services.

Belgium’s mobile market is served by three main network operators and a growing number of MVNOs. All three MNOs (Proximus, Orange Belgium and BASE) have upgraded their networks with HSPA and LTE technologies. Mobile TV offerings are available but have yet to make an impression on consumers. While operator investment in LTE infrastructure has meant that there is almost universal population coverage, operators and the regulator are looking to the potential of 5G, with the regulator having worked with Ericsson to assess suitable spectrum for trialling 5G applications in anticipation of a commercial launch of services by about 2022.

Broadband penetration has made considerable progress in recent years, largely thanks to regulatory measures to promote wholesale and bitstream access. There is effective competition between the DSL and cable platforms, while government support has also encouraged investment in fibre networks in recent years. Telenet, supported by its parent Liberty Global, has invested in developing services based on the new DOCSIS3.1 standard, which is capable of providing data at 1Gb/s and higher, while the incumbent Proximus also has extensive fibre/VDSL and FttP deployments with which it has promoted a range of bundled services.

This report provides data and analyses on key aspects of the Belgian telecom market. It assesses the most recent statistics on fixed-network services and reviews key regulatory issues, noting the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection. The report also profiles the mobile voice and data market, providing the latest statistics on the main players, as well as recent developments on HSPA and LTE rollouts as well as the future deployment of 5G. In addition the report assesses the fixed and wireless broadband markets, providing forecasts for selective years to 2021 and assessing developments in related technologies such as FWA, WLAN and Wi-Fi.

Key developments:

Mobistar rebrands as Orange Belgium;
Regulator undergoes structural changes to meet strategic vision;
Regulator planning to allow MNOs to trial 5G technology using suitable spectrum bands;
Government to legislate for pre-paid mobile SIM cards holders to register their details;
Telenet extends MVNO deal with Orange Belgium through to 2018;
Mobile service revenue recovered in 2015;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data update for 2015, telco’s financial and operating data to Q2 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2015
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2015
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2015
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2015
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2015
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2015
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom market investment: fixed and mobile by sector - 2006 - 2010; 2014 - 15
      • Table Telecom market investment: network and licenses - 2011 - 2015
      • Table Telecom investment as a proportion of revenue - 2011 - 2015
      • Table Telecom market investment by operator (regulator data) - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Retail telecom revenue by sector - 2011 - 2015
      • Table Total telecom revenue by sector - 2011 - 2015
      • Table Fixed voice ARPU - 2008 - 2015
  • 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 - 2015
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Carrier preselect numbers and annual change - 2000 - 2015
    • WHOLESALE LINE RENTAL (WLR)
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Proximus share of fixed-line traffic by type - 2006 - 2012
      • Table Fixed-line telephony revenue - 2002 - 2015
      • Table Average price for fixed-line call - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Fixed-line and mobile traffic volume - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Fixed-line traffic by type - 2005 - 2015
    • PROXIMUS
      • Table Proximus (CBU) access channels - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Proximus Group financial data - 2003 - 2016
      • Table Proximus revenue by sector - 2004 - 2016
      • Table Proximus revenue by operating division - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Proximus monthly ARPU by sector (CBU) - 2005 - 2016
    • COLT TELECOM
    • ORANGE BELGIUM (MOBISTAR)
      • Table Mobistar financial data by sector - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Mobistar subscribers by sector - 2008 - 2016
    • SCARLET (FORMERLY KPN BELGIUM)
    • TELE2 BELGIUM
    • TELENET
      • Table Telenet revenue by sector - 2004 - 2016
      • Table Telenet subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2016
      • Table Telenet financial data - 2005 - 2016
      • 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 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2016
      • Table Fixed lines by type - 2006 - 2015
    • NEXT GENERATION NETWORK (NGN)
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
    • CLOUD SERVICES
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Markey analysis
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historical - Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Historical - Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology - 2000 - 2009
        • Table Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Broadband subscription net additions per year - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Broadband sector revenue - 2014 - 2015
        • Table Fixed-line broadband penetration by service - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed - 2007 - 2015
      • Market share
        • Table Broadband subscribers by operator - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Broadband market share by operator - 2006 - 2015
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Introduction
        • Table Cable modem subscribers - 2000 - 2016
      • Telenet
        • Table Telenet broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Telenet financial data - 2005 - 2016
      • Interkabel
      • SFR (Numéricable)
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers - 2000 - 2015
      • Proximus
        • Table Historical - Proximus DSL subscribers - 2000 - 2009
        • Table Proximus DSL subscribers - 2010 - 2016
      • Versatel/Tele2 Belgium
      • Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
        • Table Orange Belgium broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2016
        • Table Orange Belgium fixed broadband revenue - 2014 - 2016
      • Other DSL developments
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Introduction
      • Government support
      • Regulating fibre
      • Digital Metropolis Antwerp
      • Proximus
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
      • WLAN/Wi-Fi
      • WiMAX
        • Table WiMAX spectrum licenses - 2001 - 2005
    • COMPETITION ISSUES
      • Wholesale
        • Table Proximus wholesale broadband lines - 2010 - 2015
      • Naked DSL
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Analogue and digital TV subscribers - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Proportion of digital TV subscribers by platform - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Bundled services subscribers by type - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Proportion of bundled services subscribers by type - 2007 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
    • SATELLITE TV
    • CABLE TV
      • Table Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
      • Table Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2012; 2015 - 2016
    • DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV (DTTV)
      • DTT licence issued
      • Digital switch-over
    • INTERACTIVE TV (IDTV)
    • KEY DIGITAL MEDIA PLAYERS
    • VIDEOSTREAMING
      • Table Bundled services by type - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Proportion of bundled services by type - 2007 - 2015
      • Major players
        • Table Proximus TV households - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Proximus annualised IPTV ARPU, revenue - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Telenet cable TV subscribers by sector - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Telenet subscriber annualised monthly ARPU - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Telenet triple-play subscribers - 2002 - 2016
        • Table Telenet bundled services penetration - 2012 - 2016
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP, MESSAGING, CONFERENCING
      • VoIP
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-HEALTH SERVICES
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Mobile service revenue - 2011 - 2015
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historical - Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and penetration - 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
        • Table Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Market share by operator - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Mobile ARPU - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Mobile voice traffic - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Average use of service per subscriber per month - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Mobile active prepaid and contract subscribers - 2011 - 2015
      • Mobile data
        • Table Data traffic on mile networks - 2012 - 2015
        • Table Proximus SMS messages (CBU) - 2008 - 2014
        • Table SMS traffic - 2001 - 2015
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by technology - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Mobile broadband penetration by technology - 2009 - 2015
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum
        • Table 800MHz auction results - 2013
        • Table 2.6GHz auction results - 2011
        • Table Spectrum assignment overview
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
        • Table European retail data roaming charges - 2012 - 2014
        • Table European wholesale voice and data roaming charges - 2012 - 2014
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Proposed mobile termination tariffs - 2006 - 2013; 2015
        • 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 M2M connections - 2011 - 2015
        • Table Orange Belgium M2M connections - 2009 - 2016
        • Table Orange Belgium M2M revenue - 2009 - 2012
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Proximus
        • Table Proximus revenue by sector (CBU) - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Proximus total subscribers - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Proximus CBU subscribers by type - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector - 2007 - 2016
      • Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
        • Table Orange Belgium subscribers (Belgium) - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Orange Belgium financial data - 2013 - 2016
        • Table Orange Belgium mobile services revenue - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Orange Belgium annualised ARPU - 2005 - 2016
      • 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 - 2016
        • Table MVNO subscribers and market share - 2006 - 2015
        • Table MVNO mobile voice traffic and market share (historic) - 2006 - 2012
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Location-based services
      • Mobile TV

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