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Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
  • SKU: PB-RK-117 | Pages: 98 | Published: Jul-17
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Details: Belgiums regulatory Strategic Plan to 2019 focussed on fibre broadbandBelgiums 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 regions 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. 
Telenets 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.
Belgiums mobile market is served by the three network operators Proximus, Orange Belgium and BASE (owned by Liberty Globals local unit Telenet) and by a number of MVNOs. Mobile networks have upgraded with HSPA and LTE technologies while Proximus and Telenet have initiated trials to develop services based on 5G. The market continues to see activity, with two new MVNOs licensed in late 2016 and with Lycamobile acquiring Telenets MVNO Ortel Mobile in June 2017. With BASE already the dominant host network for MVNO, the switch of Lycamobile from the Orange Belgium to the BASE network meant that BASE now commands about 90% of all wholesale mobile connections.
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 invested in developing services based on the new DOCSIS3.1 standard, which is capable of providing data at 1Gb/s and higher. The incumbent telco Proximus (formerly Belgacom) has also engaged in extensive fibre/VDSL and FttP deployments, with which it has promoted a range of bundled services.
Belgiums market for bundled services has grown on the back of upgraded cable and DSL infrastructure and by a growing concentration among operators to develop fibre networks. The broadcasting sector is characterised by language variations to accommodate the French and Dutch speaking regions. Analogue broadcasts have been switched off nationally, which enabled digital dividend spectrum to be auctioned for mobile broadband services at the end of 2013.
In recent months there has been renewed impetus in the digital media market, particularly following the acquisition of KNPs BASE subsidiary by Liberty Globals Telenet division. This has created a multi-play operator providing viable competition to Proximus for bundled service offerings
This report profiles Belgians mobile 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.
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 provides a review of bundled services developments, as well as a comprehensive overview of the countrys digital media market. It provides statistics on the major service providers, and also notes the status of digital, cable and satellite TV.
This report profiles Belgiums fixed and wireless broadband markets. It provides broadband forecasts for selective years to 2022 and assesses developments in related technologies such as FWA, WLAN and Wi-Fi.
Key developments:

Regulator issues Strategic Plan covering 2017-19;
Lycamobile Belgium switches host network from Orange Belgium to BASE;
Proximus begins 5G trials with Huawei;
Public consultation on the release of 30MHz in the 700MHz band expected by late 2017;
Pre-paid mobile SIM cards registration comes into force;
Broadband Belgium to set up TD-LTE wireless network using 3.5GHz and 10.5GHz spectrum;
Proximus engaged in Euro-3 billion Fibre for Belgium investment program to 2027;
Competition authority approves Telenets acquisition of SFR Belgium;
Proximuss VDSL2 network providing extensive population coverage;
Broadband networks on track to reach national 30Mb/s connectivity by 2020;
Altice sells its SFR Belgium unit to Telenet;
Report update includes the regulators market data for 2016, regulators 2016 annual report, 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, BASE, Lycamobile Belgium, Interkabel, Liberty Global.


Table of Contents:


1. Key statistics
1.1 Country overview
2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Historical overview
2.2 Market analysis
3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Historic overview
3.2 EU regulatory framework
3.3 Revised NFR
3.4 Regulatory authority
3.5 Government policies
3.6 Interconnect
3.7 Access
3.8 Cable network access
3.9 Number Portability (NP)
3.10 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
3.11 Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
4. Fixed network operators
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Proximus
4.3 COLT Telecom
4.4 Orange Belgium
4.5 Scarlet (formerly KPN Belgium)
4.6 Tele2 Belgium
4.7 Telenet
5. Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
5.2 Next Generation Network (NGN)
5.3 International infrastructure
5.4 Cloud services
5.5 Smart meters
6. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.1.1 Market analysis
6.1.2 Broadband statistics
6.1.3 Market share
6.1.4 Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6.2.1 Introduction
6.2.2 Telenet
6.2.3 Interkabel
6.2.4 SFR (Numericable)
6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
6.3.1 Proximus
6.3.2 Versatel/Tele2 Belgium
6.3.3 Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
6.3.4 Other DSL developments
6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.4.1 Introduction
6.4.2 Government support
6.4.3 Digital Metropolis Antwerp
6.4.4 Proximus
6.5 Other fixed broadband services
6.5.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.5.2 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
6.5.3 WLAN/Wi-Fi
6.5.4 WiMAX
6.6 Competition Issues
6.6.1 Wholesale
6.6.2 Naked DSL
7. Digital media
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Regulatory issues
7.3 Satellite TV
7.4 Cable TV
7.5 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
7.5.1 DTT licence issued
7.5.2 Digital switch-over
7.6 Interactive TV (iDTV)
7.7 Key Digital Media Players
7.8 Videostreaming
7.8.1 Major players
7.9 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
7.9.1 VoIP
8. Digital economy
8.1 E-Health services
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.2.2 Mobile data
9.2.3 Mobile broadband
9.2.4 Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.3.1 Spectrum
9.3.2 Roaming
9.3.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
9.3.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.4.1 Digital networks
9.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
9.4.3 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
9.5 Major mobile operators
9.5.1 Proximus
9.5.2 Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
9.5.3 BASE
9.5.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
9.6 Mobile content and applications
9.6.1 Location-based services
9.6.2 Mobile TV
Table 1 - Country statistics - 2016
Table 2 - Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2016
Table 3 - Telephone network statistics - 2016
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 - 16
Table 9 - Telecom market investment: network and licenses - 2011 - 2016
Table 10 - Telecom investment as a proportion of revenue - 2011 - 2016
Table 11 - Telecom market investment by operator (regulator data) - 2007 - 2013
Table 12 - Retail and wholesale 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 - 2016
Table 17 - Carrier preselect numbers and annual change - 2000 - 2016
Table 18 - Proximus share of fixed-line traffic by type - 2006 - 2012
Table 19 - Fixed-line telephony revenue - 2002 - 2016
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 29 - Orange Belgium financial data - 2013 - 2017
Table 30 - Orange Belgium service revenue by sector - 2007 - 2017
Table 31 - Orange Belgium mobile services revenue - 2005 - 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 - 2016
Table 40 - Historical - Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
Table 41 - Internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
Table 42 - Historical - Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology - 2000 - 2009
Table 43 - Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology - 2010 - 2018
Table 44 - Broadband subscription net additions per year - 2005 - 2016
Table 45 - Broadband sector revenue - 2014 - 2015
Table 46 - Residential broadband ARPU - 2013 - 2016
Table 47 - Fixed-line broadband penetration by service - 2007 - 2016
Table 48 - Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed - 2007 - 2016
Table 49 - Fixed-broadband lines by speed - 2014 - 2016
Table 50 - Broadband subscribers by operator - 2012 - 2015
Table 51 - Broadband market share by operator - 2006 - 2015
Table 52 - Forecast broadband subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 53 - Cable modem subscribers - 2000 - 2018
Table 54 - Telenet broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2017
Table 55 - DSL subscribers - 2000 - 2018
Table 56 - Historical - Proximus DSL subscribers - 2000 - 2009
Table 57 - Proximus DSL subscribers - 2010 - 2017
Table 58 - Orange Belgium Group broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2017
Table 59 - Orange Belgium broadband and TV subscribers - 2015 - 2017
Table 60 - Orange Belgium fixed broadband revenue - 2014 - 2017
Table 61 - VDSL subscribers - 2013 - 2016
Table 62 - Proximus wholesale broadband lines - 2010 - 2016
Table 63 - Analogue and digital TV subscribers - 2010 - 2016
Table 64 - Proportion of digital TV subscribers by platform - 2010 - 2015
Table 65 - Bundled services subscribers by type - 2007 - 2016
Table 66 - Proportion of bundled services subscribers by type - 2007 - 2016
Table 67 - Proportion of bundled services subscribers with TV by type - 2010 - 2016
Table 68 - Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
Table 69 - Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2012; 2015 - 2016
Table 70 - Bundled services by type - 2007 - 2015
Table 71 - Proportion of bundled services by type - 2007 - 2015
Table 72 - Proximus TV households - 2006 - 2016
Table 73 - Proximus TV customers - 2013 - 2017
Table 74 - Proximus annualised IPTV ARPU, revenue - 2006 - 2017
Table 75 - Telenet cable TV subscribers by sector - 2005 - 2017
Table 76 - Telenet subscriber annualised monthly ARPU - 2005 - 2014
Table 77 - Telenet triple-play subscribers - 2002 - 2017
Table 78 - Telenet bundled services penetration - 2012 - 2017
Table 79 - Mobile service revenue - 2012 - 2016
Table 80 - Historical - Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and penetration - 1999 - 2009
Table 81 - Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity - 2010 - 2018
Table 82 - Market share by operator - 2002 - 2016
Table 83 - Mobile ARPU - 2005 - 2016
Table 84 - Mobile voice traffic - 2005 - 2016
Table 85 - Average use of service per subscriber per month - 2010 - 2016
Table 86 - Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers (MNOs) - 2011 - 2016
Table 87 - Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers (MNOs and MVNOs) - 2011 - 2016
Table 88 - Data traffic on mile networks - 2012 - 2016
Table 89 - Proximus mobile data traffic - 2015 - 2017
Table 90 - Proximus SMS messages (CBU) - 2008 - 2014
Table 91 - SMS traffic - 2001 - 2016
Table 92 - Mobile broadband subscribers by technology - 2008 - 2016
Table 93 - Mobile broadband penetration by technology - 2009 - 2015
Table 94 - Mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 95 - 800MHz auction results - 2013
Table 96 - 2.6GHz auction results - 2011
Table 97 - Spectrum assignment overview
Table 98 - European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
Table 99 - European roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
Table 100 - Mobile termination tariffs - 2006 - 2013; 2015
Table 101 - Mobile termination revenue (historic) - 2007 - 2012
Table 102 - Annual mobile numbers ported - 2002 - 2016
Table 103 - LTE subscribers - 2012 - 2016
Table 104 - M2M connections - 2011 - 2016
Table 105 - M2M revenue - 2014 - 2016
Table 106 - Orange Belgium M2M connections - 2009 - 2017
Table 107 - Orange Belgium M2M revenue - 2009 - 2012
Table 108 - Proximus mobile revenue by sector (CBU) - 2007 - 2017
Table 109 - Proximus mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2017
Table 110 - Proximus CBU subscribers by type - 2007 - 2017
Table 111 - Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector - 2007 - 2017
Table 112 - Orange Belgium subscribers (Belgium) - 2007 - 2017
Table 113 - Orange Belgium MVNOs subscribers (Belgium) - 2014 - 2017
Table 114 - Orange Belgium financial data - 2013 - 2017
Table 115 - Orange Belgium mobile services revenue - 2005 - 2017
Table 116 - Orange Belgium annualised ARPU - 2005 - 2017
Table 117 - BASE mobile revenue - 2007 - 2017
Table 118 - BASE subscribers - 2004 - 2015
Table 119 - Telenet mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2017
Table 120 - BASE annualised ARPU - 2005 - 2015
Table 121 - MVNO revenue - 2014 - 2016
Table 122 - MVNO subscribers and market share - 2006 - 2016
Table 123 - MVNO mobile voice traffic and market share (historic) - 2006 - 2012
Chart 1 - Total telecom revenue by sector - 2011 - 2016
Chart 2 - Fixed-line traffic by type - 2005 - 2015
Chart 3 - Proximus Group financial data - 2003 - 2017
Chart 4 - Proximus revenue by sector - 2004 - 2017
Chart 5 - Proximus revenue by operating division - 2007 - 2017
Chart 6 - Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) - 2007 - 2017
Chart 7 - Telenet revenue by sector - 2004 - 2017
Chart 8 - Telenet subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2017
Chart 9 - Telenet financial data - 2005 - 2017
Chart 10 - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005 - 2018
Chart 11 - Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2018
Chart 12 - Broadband subscribers by technology - 2005 - 2018
Chart 13 - Telenet cable TV subscribers by sector - 2007 - 2017
Chart 14 - Mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity -2005 - 2018
Chart 15 - Market share by operator - 2002 - 2016
Chart 16 - Proximus CBU subscribers by type - 2007 - 2017
Chart 17 - Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector - 2007 - 2017
Chart 18 - BASE annualised ARPU - 2005 - 2015
Exhibit 1 - EU - The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 - Access and the local loop
Exhibit 3 - Number portability defined
Exhibit 4 - Main DSL service providers