Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Belgium’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscribers and ARPU;
  • Broadband market forecasts;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- June 2019 (18th Edition)

Executive Summary

Belgium delays 5G auction to 2020

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

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, while Proximus also has extensive fibre/VDSL and FttP deployments and is currently investing in €3 billion 'Fibre for Belgium' program through to 2027.

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 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

This report profiles Belgium’s telecom market, including regulatory measures and the strategies of the main players. It also covers the fixed and wireless broadband markets, providing broadband subscriber forecasts and an assessment of technology deployments and investment plans. In addition, the report assesses Belgian’s mobile voice and data markets, including statistics on the main players, as well as spectrum auction plans, recent developments regarding LTE, and operator strategies for deploying services based on 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;
  • 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
  • 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 (Belgacom), Orange Belgium (Mobistar), BASE, Telenet, Lycamobile Belgium, Versatel, Interkabel, COLT, Scarlet, Tele2.

Henry Lancaster
June 2019

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
  • Broadband market

    • 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
    • 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
  • Mobile communications

    • 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
      • Roaming
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Major mobile operators
      • Proximus
      • Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
      • BASE (Telenet)
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Belgium – 2018
  • Table 2 – Telecom market investment: fixed and mobile by sector – 2006 – 2010; 2014 – 16
  • Table 3 – Total telecom market investment – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Telecom market investment: network and licenses – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Telecom investment as a proportion of revenue – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 6 – Retail telecom revenue by sector – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 7 – Wholesale telecom revenue by sector – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Total telecom revenue by sector – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 9 – Fixed numbers ported – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 10 – Carrier preselect numbers and annual change – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 11 – Fixed-line telephony revenue – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 12 – Fixed-line and mobile traffic volume – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 13 – Fixed-line traffic by type – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 14 – Proximus (CBU) access channels – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 15 – Proximus Group financial data – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 16 – Proximus revenue by sector – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 17 – Proximus revenue by operating division – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 18 – Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 19 – Proximus monthly ARPU by sector (CBU) – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 20 – Orange Belgium financial data – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 21 – Orange Belgium service revenue by sector – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 22 – Orange Belgium retail service revenue by sector (new style) – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Orange Belgium subscribers by sector – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 24 – Telenet financial data – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 25 – Telenet revenue by sector – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 26 – Telenet subscribers by sector – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 27 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 28 – Fixed lines by type – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 29 – Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 30 – Broadband subscription net additions per year – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 31 – Residential broadband revenue – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 32 – Residential broadband ARPU – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 33 – Fixed-line broadband penetration by service – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 34 – Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 35 – Fixed-broadband lines by speed – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 36 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 37 – Telenet broadband subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 38 – Proximus fixed broadband subscribers – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 39 – Orange Belgium broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 40 – Orange Belgium TV subscribers – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 41 – VDSL subscribers – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 42 – FttP/B subscribers – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 43 – Mobile revenue – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 44 – Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 45 – Market share by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 46 – Mobile ARPU – 2011 – 2019
  • Table 47 – Mobile voice traffic – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 48 – Average use of service per subscriber per month – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 49 – Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers (residential, MNOs) – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 50 – Forecast - Mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 51 – LTE subscribers with data – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 52 – 3G subscribers with data – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 53 – M2M connections – 2011 – 2018
  • Table 54 – M2M revenue – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 55 – Orange Belgium M2M connections – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 56 – Mobile data traffic – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 57 – Average data traffic per subscribers per month – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 58 – Proximus average mobile data traffic – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 59 – SMS traffic – 2009 – 2019
  • Table 60 – Mobile broadband subscribers by technology – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 61 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 – 2019
  • Table 62 – 800MHz auction results – 2013
  • Table 63 – 2.6GHz auction results – 2011
  • Table 64 – Spectrum assignment overview
  • Table 65 – Mobile roaming voice traffic – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 66 – Mobile termination voice revenue – 2007 – 2017
  • Table 67 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2002 – 2017
  • Table 68 – Proximus mobile revenue by sector (CBU) – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 69 – Proximus mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 70 – Proximus CBU mobile subscribers by type – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 71 – Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 72 – Orange Belgium subscribers (Belgium) – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 73 – Orange Belgium MVNOs subscribers (Belgium) – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 74 – Orange Belgium financial data – 2013 – 2019
  • Table 75 – Orange Belgium mobile services revenue – 2005 – 2019
  • Table 76 – Orange Belgium annualised ARPU – 2005 – 2016
  • Table 77 – Orange Belgium annualised ARPO – 2017 – 2018
  • Table 78 – Telenet mobile revenue – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 79 – Telenet mobile subscribers – 2006 – 2019
  • Table 80 – MVNO subscribers and market share – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 81 – MVNO revenue – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 82 – MVNO mobile voice traffic and market share – 2006 – 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Total telecom revenue by sector – 2011 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Fixed-line and mobile traffic volume – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Fixed-line traffic by type – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – Proximus Group financial data – 2093 – 2019
  • Chart 5 – Proximus revenue by sector – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 6 – Proximus revenue by operating division – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 7 – Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Orange Belgium service revenue by sector – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Orange Belgium retail service revenue by sector (new style) – 2016 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Telenet financial data – 2009 - 2019
  • Chart 11 – Telenet revenue by sector – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 12 – Telenet subscribers by sector – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 13 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 14 – Fixed lines by type – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 15 – Broadband subscribers by technology – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 16 – Proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed – 2010 – 2017
  • Chart 17 – Mobile revenue – 2012 – 2017
  • Chart 18 – Mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity –2005 – 2019
  • Chart 19 – Market share by operator – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 20 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 21 – Proximus CBU subscribers by type – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 22 – Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 23 – Telenet mobile subscribers – 2006 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop
  • Exhibit 2 – Number portability defined
  • Exhibit 3 – Main DSL service providers
  • Exhibit 4 – WiMAX spectrum licenses – 2001 – 2005
  • Exhibit 5 – Key global developments towards 5G standardisation
  • Exhibit 6 – 5G spectrum, speed and devices
  • Exhibit 7 – Key considerations for government and regulators in relation to 5G

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