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 extended the reach of services based on the 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.

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 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;
  • Networks on track to reach national 30Mb/s connectivity by 2020;
  • Report includes the regulator's market data update for 2017, annual report for 2018, telco's financial and operating data to Q1 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Proximus (Belgacom), Telenet, Versatel, Interkabel.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and statistical overview

    • Market analysis
    • Broadband statistics
    • Market share
    • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

    • Introduction
    • Telenet
    • Interkabel
    • SFR (Numéricable)
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks

    • Proximus
    • Versatel/Tele2 Belgium
    • Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
    • Other DSL developments
      • SDSL
      • VDSL
      • G.SHDSL
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks

    • Introduction
    • Government support
    • Digital Metropolis Antwerp
    • Proximus
  • Other fixed broadband services

    • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
    • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
    • WLAN/Wi-Fi
    • WiMAX
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 2 – Broadband subscription net additions per year – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Residential broadband revenue – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 4 – Residential broadband ARPU – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Fixed-line broadband penetration by service – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 7 – Fixed-broadband lines by speed – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 9 – Telenet broadband subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 10 – Proximus fixed broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 11 – Orange Belgium broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 12 – Orange Belgium TV subscribers – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 13 – VDSL subscribers – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 14 – FttP/B subscribers – 2012 – 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Broadband subscribers by technology – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 2 – Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed – 2010 – 2017

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Main DSL service providers
  • Exhibit 2 – WiMAX spectrum licenses – 2001 – 2005

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Number of pages 41

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Last updated 11 Jun 2019
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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