Belgium - Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Belgium’s 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 KNP’s BASE subsidiary by Liberty Global’s Telenet division. This has created a multi-play operator providing viable competition to Proximus for bundled service offerings

This report provides a review of bundled services developments, as well as a comprehensive overview of the country’s digital media market. It provides statistics on the major service providers, and also notes the status of digital, cable and satellite TV.

Key developments:

Orange Belgium adds VoD to quintuple-play bundle; Proximus extends TV Everywhere service nationally; courts uphold Open Cable regulation for resale of analogue TV services, access to digital TV and the resale of broadband access; new telecom law allows customers to cancel subscriptions within two months; Altice sells its SFR Belgium unit to Telenet; report includes the regulator’s market data update for 2016, regulators’ 2016 annual report, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Proximus, Telenet, Liberty Global, Orange Belgium.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Digital economy
    • 2.1 E-Health services
  • 3. Digital Media
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Regulatory issues
    • 3.3 Satellite TV
    • 3.4 Cable TV
    • 3.5 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
      • 3.5.1 DTT licence issued
      • 3.5.2 Digital switch-over
    • 3.6 Interactive TV (iDTV)
    • 3.7 Key Digital Media Players
    • 3.8 Videostreaming
      • 3.8.1 Major players
    • 3.9 Communications: VoIP, messaging, conferencing
      • 3.9.1 VoIP
  • 4. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Analogue and digital TV subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 2 – Proportion of digital TV subscribers by platform – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 3 – Bundled services subscribers by type – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 4 – Proportion of bundled services subscribers by type – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Proportion of bundled services subscribers with TV by type – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Historic - Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 7 – Cable TV subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2012; 2015 - 2016
  • Table 8 – Bundled services by type – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 9 – Proportion of bundled services by type – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Proximus TV households – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 11 – Proximus TV customers – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Proximus annualised IPTV ARPU, revenue – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Telenet cable TV subscribers by sector – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Telenet subscriber annualised monthly ARPU – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 15 – Telenet triple-play subscribers – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Telenet bundled services penetration – 2012 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Telenet cable TV subscribers by sector – 2007 - 2017

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Number of pages 22

Status Archived

Last updated 3 Jul 2017
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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