Belgium - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Belgium’s mobile market is served by the three network operators Proximus, Orange Belgium and BASE and by a number of MVNOs. Mobile networks have been upgraded with LTE technology to support growing mobile data use among subscribers, while 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.

The market continues to be transformed, particularly with MVNOs shifting between networks. The government is keen to set the framework which could enable a new player to enter the market in 2020 following the award of spectrum in the 3.5GHz and other bands earmarked for 5G services. Existing operators are opposed to such a move, citing harsh competitive conditions and pressure on both revenue and investment in the sector. A characteristic of the market is customer preference for quad-play services, and to this end MNOs are strengthening their fixed-line offerings. In this landscape the mobile-only provides will struggle to gain customers in coming years.

This report profiles Belgian’s 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.

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;
  • Regulator concludes 2.6GHz auction, achieves €360 million at auction for 800MHz spectrum;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data update for 2017, regulator's 2018 annual report, telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Proximus, Orange Belgium (Mobistar), BASE, Telenet, Lycamobile Belgium.

Table of Contents

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • General statistics
  • Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023

  • Mobile infrastructure

    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G
    • GSM
  • Internet of Things (IoT)

    • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • Mobile data

    • Short Message Service (SMS)
    • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
  • Mobile broadband

  • Regulatory issues

    • Spectrum
      • GSM
      • 3G
      • Network sharing
      • 700MHz
      • 800MHz spectrum
      • 900MHz spectrum
      • 1400MHz
      • 2.1GHz spectrum
      • 2.6GHz spectrum
      • 3.5GHz
      • SIM card registration
    • Roaming
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
  • Major mobile operators

    • Proximus
    • Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
    • BASE (Telenet)
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Mobile revenue – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 2 – Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Market share by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Mobile ARPU – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 5 – Mobile voice traffic – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Average use of service per subscriber per month – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers (residential, MNOs) – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Forecast - Mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 9 – LTE subscribers with data – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 10 – 3G subscribers with data – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 11 – M2M connections – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 12 – M2M revenue – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 13 – Orange Belgium M2M connections – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 14 – Mobile data traffic – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Average data traffic per subscribers per month – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 16 – Proximus average mobile data traffic – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 17 – SMS traffic – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 18 – Mobile broadband subscribers by technology – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 19 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 20 – 800MHz auction results – 2013
  • Table 21 – 2.6GHz auction results – 2011
  • Table 22 – Spectrum assignment overview
  • Table 23 – Mobile roaming voice traffic – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 24 – Mobile termination voice revenue – 2007 – 2017
  • Table 25 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2002 – 2017
  • Table 26 – Proximus mobile revenue by sector (CBU) – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 27 – Proximus mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 28 – Proximus CBU mobile subscribers by type – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 29 – Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 30 – Orange Belgium subscribers (Belgium) – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 31 – Orange Belgium MVNOs subscribers (Belgium) – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 32 – Orange Belgium financial data – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 33 – Orange Belgium mobile services revenue – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 34 – Orange Belgium annualised ARPU – 2005 – 2016
  • Table 35 – Orange Belgium annualised ARPO – 2017 – 2018
  • Table 36 – Telenet mobile revenue – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 37 – Telenet mobile subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 38 – MVNO subscribers and market share – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 39 – MVNO revenue – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 40 – MVNO mobile voice traffic and market share – 2006 – 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Mobile revenue – 2012 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity –2005 – 2019
  • Chart 3 – Market share by operator – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 5 – Proximus CBU subscribers by type – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 6 – Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 7 – Telenet mobile subscribers – 2006 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Key global developments towards 5G standardisation
  • Exhibit 2 – 5G spectrum, speed and devices
  • Exhibit 3 – Key considerations for government and regulators in relation to 5G

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