Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • June 2019 •
  • 154 pages •
  • Report ID: 4062621 •
  • Format: PDF
Belgium’s mobile market is served by the three network operators Proximus, Orange Belgium and BASE, and by a good number of MVNOs.

Mobile networks have been upgraded to support growing mobile data use among subscribers, with near-comprehensive LTE coverage. Operators have also trialled 5G in preparation for launching services in 2020 and 2021. However, the auction of 5G-suitable spectrum has been delayed to 2020, while the onerous restrictions on radiation have meant that some 5G trials have been suspended.

There is effective competition in Belgium between the DSL and cable platforms, while in recent years government support has also encouraged investment in fibre networks. Telenet, supported by its parent Liberty Global, has extended the reach of services based on the DOCSIS3.1 standard, while Proximus also has extensive fibre/VDSL and FttP deployments and is currently investing in €3 billion Fibre for Belgium program through to 2027.

In a bid to encourage investment in underserved areas, the regulator in 2018 amended the conditions by which market players grant wholesale access to copper and fibre infrastructure. In May 2019 it opened a further consultation on cost models for access to the networks of cablecos and those of Proximus’s fibre infrastructure.

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

This report profiles Belgium’s telecom market, including regulatory measures and the strategies of the main players. It also covers the fixed and wireless broadband markets, providing broadband subscriber forecasts and an assessment of technology deployments and investment plans. In addition, the report assesses Belgian’s mobile voice and data markets, including statistics on the main players, as well as spectrum auction plans, recent developments regarding LTE, and operator strategies for deploying services based on 5G.

Key developments:
Spectrum auction for 5G delayed to 2020;
Proximus and Orange Belgium progress with 5G trials;
Pre-paid mobile SIM cards registration leads to drop in subscriber numbers;
Orange Belgium adds mobile telephony to bundled offers;
Proximus engaged in €3 billion Fibre for Belgium investment program to 2027;
Regulator approves amended wholesale access conditions;
Networks on track to reach national 30Mb/s connectivity by 2020
Regulator concludes 2.6GHz auction, achieves €360 million at auction for 800MHz spectrum;
Report update includes the regulators market data update for 2017, regulators 2018 annual report, telcos financial and operating data to Q1 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:
Proximus (Belgacom), Orange Belgium (Mobistar), BASE, Telenet, Lycamobile Belgium, Versatel, Interkabel, COLT, Scarlet, Tele2.
Henry LancasterJune 2019
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