Belgium - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Belgium’s mobile market is served by the three network operators Proximus, Orange Belgium and BASE (owned by Liberty Global’s 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 Telenet’s 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.
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.
Lycamobile Belgium switches host network from Orange Belgium to BASE;
Proximus delivers on 5G trials with Huawei;
Mobistar rebrands as Orange Belgium;
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;
Telenet acquires BASE for €1.325 billion;
Orange Belgium adds mobile telephony to bundled offers;
Regulator concludes 2.6GHz auction, achieves €360 million at auction for 800MHz spectrum;
BASE receives 900MHz licence extension;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data update for 2016, regulator’s 2016 annual report, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.