Belgium - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

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, while the incumbent telco Proximus (formerly Belgacom), also has extensive fibre/VDSL and FttP deployments, with which it has promoted a range of bundled services.

In mid-2018 the regulator imposed amended conditions on market players aimed at encouraging investment in underserved areas and securing wholesale access to copper and fibre infrastructure.

This report profiles Belgium’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, providing broadband forecasts and assessing developments in related technologies such as FWA, WLAN and Wi-Fi.

Key developments:

  • Proximus engaged in €3 billion ‘Fibre for Belgium’ investment program to 2027;
  • Regulator approves amended wholesale access conditions;
  • Competition authority approves Telenet’s acquisition of SFR Belgium;
  • VOO upgrades broadband offering to 100Mb/s;
  • Proximus’s VDSL2 network providing extensive population coverage, serving over one million subscribers;
  • Networks on track to reach national 30Mb/s connectivity by 2020;
  • Report includes the regulator’s market data update for 2017, annual report for 2017, telco’s financial and operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Proximus (Belgacom), Telenet, Versatel, Interkabel.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 Broadband statistics
    • 2.3 Market share
    • 2.4 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 3.1 Introduction
    • 3.2 Telenet
    • 3.3 Interkabel
    • 3.4 SFR (Numéricable)
  • 4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
    • 4.1 Proximus
    • 4.2 Versatel/Tele2 Belgium
    • 4.3 Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
    • 4.4 Other DSL developments
      • 4.4.1 SDSL
      • 4.4.2 VDSL
      • 4.4.3 G.SHDSL
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 5.1 Introduction
    • 5.2 Government support
    • 5.3 Digital Metropolis Antwerp
    • 5.4 Proximus
  • 6. Other fixed broadband services
    • 6.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
    • 6.2 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
    • 6.3 WLAN/Wi-Fi
    • 6.4 WiMAX
  • 7. Competition Issues
    • 7.1 Wholesale
    • 7.2 Naked DSL
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historical - Internet users and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Historical – Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 4 – Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 5 – Broadband subscription net additions per year – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Residential broadband revenue – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Residential broadband ARPU – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Fixed-line broadband penetration by service – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Fixed-broadband lines by speed – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Broadband subscribers by operator – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 12 – Broadband market share by operator – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 13 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 14 – Cable modem subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Telenet broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 16 – DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Historical – Proximus fixed broadband subscribers – 2000 - 2009
  • Table 18 – Proximus fixed broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Orange Belgium broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Orange Belgium TV subscribers – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 21 – VDSL subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 22 – FttP/B subscribers – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 23 – Proximus wholesale broadband lines – 2010 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Broadband subscribers by technology – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 3 – Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed – 2010 – 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – Main DSL service providers
  • Exhibit 2 – WiMAX spectrum licenses – 2001 - 2005

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Last updated 20 Sep 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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