Belgium - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Belgium’s telecom market has long benefited from comprehensive DSL and cable networks, complemented by limited but increasingly prevalent fibre deployments. Though relatively small, the market has attracted investment from some of the region’s major players, including Liberty Global and Orange Group. There have been significant developments in the competitive landscape in recent years, fostered by regulatory measures which require cablecos to allow competitors access to their networks. This has enabled Orange Belgium to become a viable force in the market for bundled services offerings, hitherto dominated by Proximus. Nevertheless, Orange Belgium has seen its influence in the mobile market wane in recent years, principally through having lost two key MVNOs which are now hosted on the network of its main rival BASE, owned by Telenet since 2016.

Telenet’s acquisition of BASE and of SFR Belgium in June 2017 has made the telco the second largest in the country, a position bolstered by a strong presence in the TV and broadband sectors.

Broadband penetration has made considerable progress in recent years, largely thanks to regulatory measures to promote wholesale and bitstream access. In the mobile sector LTE availability is nearly universal, while there are ongoing investments in developing applications and services for 5G, with commercial services expected soon after the auction of 3.5GHz spectrum in early 2019.

This report provides data and analysis on key aspects of the Belgian telecom market. It assesses the latest statistics on fixed-network services and also reviews key regulatory issues, noting the status of interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability and carrier preselection. The telecom infrastructure and major fixed-network operators are also profiled.

Key developments:

  • Regulator issues Strategic Plan covering 2017-19;
  • Regulator undergoes structural changes to meet strategic vision;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data for 2017, regulator's annual report for 2017, telcos' financial and operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Proximus (Belgacom), COLT, Orange Belgium (Mobistar), Scarlet, Tele2, Telenet, Versatel.

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Historical overview
    • Market analysis
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historic overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Government policies
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Cable network access
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
  • Fixed network operators

    • Introduction
    • Proximus
    • COLT Telecom
    • Orange Belgium
    • Scarlet (formerly KPN Belgium)
    • Tele2 Belgium
    • Telenet
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • Next Generation Network (NGN)
    • International infrastructure
    • Cloud services
    • Smart meters
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Belgium – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom market investment: fixed and mobile by sector – 2006 – 2010; 2014 – 16
  • Table 3 – Total telecom market investment – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 4 – Telecom market investment: network and licenses – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Telecom investment as a proportion of revenue – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 6 – Telecom market investment by operator (regulator data) – 2007 – 2013
  • Table 7 – Retail telecom revenue by sector – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Wholesale telecom revenue by sector – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 9 – Total telecom revenue by sector – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 10 – Fixed voice ARPU – 2008 – 2015
  • Table 11 – Unbundled loops and access lines (historic) – 2004 – 2009
  • Table 12 – Fixed numbers ported – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 13 – Carrier preselect numbers and annual change – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 14 – Proximus share of fixed-line traffic by type – 2006 – 2012
  • Table 15 – Fixed-line telephony revenue – 2002 – 2017
  • Table 16 – Average price for fixed-line call – 2007 – 2013
  • Table 17 – Fixed-line and mobile traffic volume – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 18 – Fixed-line traffic by type – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 19 – Proximus (CBU) access channels – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 20 – Proximus Group financial data – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 21 – Proximus revenue by sector – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 22 – Proximus revenue by operating division – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 24 – Proximus monthly ARPU by sector (CBU) – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 25 – Orange Belgium financial data – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 26 – Orange Belgium service revenue by sector – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 27 – Orange Belgium retail service revenue by sector (new style) – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 28 – Orange Belgium subscribers by sector – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 29 – Telenet revenue by sector – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 30 – Telenet subscribers by sector – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 31 – Telenet financial data – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 32 – Telenet subscriber monthly ARPU (historic) – 2005 – 2014
  • Table 33 – Historical – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 34 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 35 – Fixed lines by type – 2006 – 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Total telecom revenue by sector – 2011 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Fixed-line traffic by type – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Proximus Group financial data – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Proximus revenue by sector – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Proximus revenue by operating division – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Telenet revenue by sector – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Telenet subscribers by sector – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Telenet financial data – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Fixed lines by type – 2006 – 2017

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop
  • Exhibit 2 – Number portability defined

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Number of pages 68

Status Current

Last updated 20 Sep 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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