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Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses- Product Image
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Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

  • ID: 4790454
  • Report
  • January 2021
  • Region: Belgium
  • 252 Pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
Belgium Delays 5G Auction to 2020

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • BASE
  • COLT
  • Interkabel
  • Lycamobile Belgium
  • Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
  • Proximus (Belgacom)
Proximus to acquire the MVNO Mobile Vikings

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. However, the auction of 5G-suitable spectrum has been delayed to the beginning of 2022, 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.

The publisher notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020 is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

While roaming revenues have been impacted by Covid-19-related travel restrictions, operators have benefitted from growing convergence and traffic revenue driven by higher usage.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key Developments:
  • Proximus activates 5G services to 62 cities and towns;
  • Proximus signs an agreement with DPG Media to acquire MNVO Mobile Vikings;
  • 5G spectrum auction delayed until early 2022;
  • Proximus unveils its new #inspire2020 business transformation strategy, announces acceleration of its fibre roll-out program;
  • Brussels Airport collaborates with Proximus to deploy 5G and IoT solutions;
  • Proximus and EQT Infrastructure sign JV to build a fibre network in Flanders and Wallonia;
  • Proximus and Orange Belgium replace Huawei Mobile RAN and core with Nokia and Ericsson equipment;
The report update includes the regulator's market data updates and 2019 annual report, telcos' financial and operating data to Q3 2020, assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Proximus (Belgacom), Orange Belgium (Mobistar), BASE, Telenet, Lycamobile Belgium, Versatel, Interkabel, COLT, Scarlet, Tele2
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • BASE
  • COLT
  • Interkabel
  • Lycamobile Belgium
  • Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
  • Proximus (Belgacom)
1 Key statistics

2 Regional European Market Comparison
2.1 Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
2.2 TMI versus GDP
2.3 Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
2.4 Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration

3 Country overview

4 Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector
4.1 Economic considerations and responses
4.2 Mobile devices
4.3 Subscribers
4.4 Infrastructure

5 Telecommunications market
5.1 Historical overview
5.2 Market analysis

6 Regulatory environment
6.1 Historic overview
6.2 Regulatory authority
6.3 Fixed-line developments
6.4 Mobile network developments

7 Mobile market
7.1 Market analysis
7.2 Mobile statistics
7.3 Mobile infrastructure
7.4 Internet of Things (IoT)
7.5 Mobile data
7.6 Mobile broadband
7.7 Major mobile operators

8 Fixed-line broadband market
8.1 Market analysis
8.2 Broadband statistics
8.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
8.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
8.5 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
8.6 Other fixed broadband services

9 Fixed network operators
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Proximus
9.3 COLT Telecom
9.4 Orange Belgium
9.5 Scarlet (formerly KPN Belgium)
9.6 Tele2 Belgium
9.7 Telenet

10 Telecommunications infrastructure
10.1 Overview of the national telecom network
10.2 Next Generation Network (NGN)
10.3 International infrastructure
10.4 Cloud services
10.5 Smart meters

11 Appendix Historic data

12 Glossary of abbreviations

13 Related reports

List of Tables
Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Belgium 2020 (e)
Table 2 Development of telecom market investment 2012 2019
Table 3 Telecom market investment: network and licenses 2011 2019
Table 4 Telecom investment as a proportion of revenue 2011 2019
Table 5 Development of retail telecom revenue by sector 2012 2019
Table 6 Development of wholesale telecom revenue by sector 2012 2019
Table 7 Total telecom revenue by sector 2011 2019
Table 8 Change in the number of fixed numbers ported 2009 2019
Table 9 Carrier preselect numbers and annual change 2009 2019
Table 10 800MHz auction results 2013
Table 11 2.6GHz auction results 2011
Table 12 Spectrum assignment overview
Table 13 Increase in mobile roaming voice traffic 2015 2019
Table 14 Development of mobile termination voice revenue 2010 2019
Table 15 Change in the number of annual mobile numbers ported 2010 2019
Table 16 Development of mobile revenue 2012 2019
Table 17 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 18 Market share by operator 2009 2019
Table 19 Change in mobile ARPU 2011 2019
Table 20 Development of mobile voice traffic 2010 2019
Table 21 Average use of service per subscriber per month 2010 2019
Table 22 Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers (residential, MNOs) 2012 2019
Table 23 LTE subscribers with data 2013 2019
Table 24 3G subscribers with data 2013 2019
Table 25 M2M connections 2011 2019
Table 26 M2M revenue 2014 2019
Table 27 Growth in the number of Orange Belgium's M2M connections 2009 2020
Table 28 Growth in mobile data traffic 2012 2019
Table 29 Average data traffic per subscribers per month 2013 2019
Table 30 Increase in Proximus's average mobile data traffic 2016 2020
Table 31 Change in SMS traffic 2009 2019
Table 32 Change in the number of mobile broadband subscribers by technology 2008 2019
Table 33 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 34 Development of Proximus's mobile revenue by sector (CBU) 2007 2020
Table 35 Growth in the number of Proximus's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 36 Proximus CBU mobile subscribers by type (excluding M2M) 2010 2020
Table 37 Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector 2007 2020
Table 38 Change in the number of Orange Belgium's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 39 Change in the number of Orange Belgium's MVNOs subscribers 2014 2020
Table 40 Development of Orange Belgium's financial data 2013 2020
Table 41 Development of Orange Belgium's mobile services revenue 2010 2020
Table 42 Orange Belgium annualised ARPU 2010 2019
Table 43 Change in Orange Belgium's mobile ARPO 2017 2020
Table 44 Development of Telenet's mobile revenue 2007 2020
Table 45 Growth in the number of Telenet's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 46 MVNO subscribers and market share 2010 2019
Table 47 MVNO revenue 2012 2019
Table 48 MVNO mobile voice traffic and market share 2010 2019
Table 49 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by technology 2010 2019
Table 50 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 51 Change in the number of broadband subscription net additions per year 2010 2019
Table 52 Residential broadband revenue 2014 2018
Table 53 Residential broadband ARPU 2013 2018
Table 54 Fixed-line broadband penetration by service 2007 2019
Table 55 Change in the proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed 2010 2019
Table 56 Change in the number of fixed-broadband lines by speed 2012 2019
Table 57 Growth in the number of Telenet's fixed broadband subscribers 2010 2020
Table 58 Growth in the number of Proximus's fixed broadband subscribers 2010 2020
Table 59 Growth in the number of Orange Belgium's broadband subscribers by type 2008 2020
Table 60 Growth in the number of VDSL subscribers 2012 2019
Table 61 Growth in the number of FttP/B subscribers 2012 2019
Table 62 Fixed-line telephony revenue 2009 2018
Table 63 Fixed-line and mobile traffic volume 2008 2019
Table 64 Fixed-line traffic by type 2010 2019
Table 65 Change in the number of Proximus's access channels (CBU) 2007 2020
Table 66 Proximus Group financial data 2009 2020
Table 67 Proximus revenue by sector 2009 2020
Table 68 Proximus revenue by operating division 2007 2020
Table 69 Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) 2010 2020
Table 70 Proximus monthly ARPU by sector (CBU) 2005 2018
Table 71 Development of Orange Belgium's financial data 2013 2020
Table 72 Orange Belgium service revenue by sector 2010 2020
Table 73 Orange Belgium retail service revenue by sector 2010 2020
Table 74 Orange Belgium subscribers by sector 2010 2020
Table 75 Development of Telenet's financial data 2009 2020
Table 76 Telenet revenue by sector 2009 2020
Table 77 Telenet subscribers by sector 2009 2020
Table 78 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Table 79 Fixed lines by type 2010 2019
Table 80 Telecom market investment: fixed and mobile by sector 2006 2010; 2014 16
Table 81 Historic Broadband fixed-line subscribers by technology 2000 2009
Table 82 Historical - Internet users and penetration rate 1995 2009
Table 83 Historic - Broadband subscription net additions per year 2005 2009
Table 84 Historic - Telenet broadband subscribers 2006 2009
Table 85 Historic - Mobile voice traffic 2005 2009
Table 86 Historic - Fixed-line traffic by type 2005 2009

List of Charts
Charts 1 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Leaders (top tier)
Chart 2 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Challengers (middle tier)
Chart 3 Europe Telecoms Maturity Index Market Emergents (bottom tier)
Chart 4 Overall view - Telecoms Maturity Index vs GDP per Capita
Chart 5 Europe - mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 6 Scandinavia and Baltics: mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 7 Northern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 8 Southern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 9 Eastern Europe mobile subscriber penetration vs mobile broadband penetration
Chart 10 Scandinavia and Baltics fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 11 Northern Europe fixed and mobile broadband penetration
Chart 14 Development of telecom market investment 2012 2019
Chart 15 Telecom market investment: network and licenses 2011 2019
Chart 16 Development of retail telecom revenue by sector 2012 2019
Chart 17 Development of wholesale telecom revenue by sector 2012 2019
Chart 18 Total telecom revenue by sector 2011 2019
Chart 19 Change in the number of fixed numbers ported 2009 2019
Chart 20 Carrier preselect numbers and annual change 2009 2019
Chart 21 Increase in mobile roaming voice traffic 2015 2019
Chart 22 Development of mobile termination voice revenue 2010 2019
Chart 23 Change in the number of annual mobile numbers ported 2010 2019
Chart 24 Development of mobile revenue 2012 2019
Chart 25 Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 26 Market share by operator 2009 2019
Chart 27 Change in mobile ARPU 2011 2019
Chart 28 Development of mobile voice traffic 2010 2019
Chart 29 Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers (residential, MNOs) 2012 2019
Chart 30 LTE subscribers with data 2013 2019
Chart 31 3G subscribers with data 2013 2019
Chart 32 M2M connections 2011 2019
Chart 33 M2M revenue 2014 2019
Chart 34 Growth in the number of Orange Belgium's M2M connections 2009 2020
Chart 35 Growth in mobile data traffic 2012 2019
Chart 36 Average data traffic per subscribers per month 2013 2019
Chart 37 Change in SMS traffic 2009 2019
Chart 38 Change in the number of mobile broadband subscribers by technology 2008 2019
Chart 39 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 40 Development of Proximus's mobile revenue by sector (CBU) 2013 2020
Chart 41 Growth in the number of Proximus's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 42 Proximus CBU mobile subscribers by type (excluding M2M 2010 2020
Chart 43 Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector 2010 2020
Chart 44 Change in the number of Orange Belgium's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 45 Change in the number of Orange Belgium's MVNOs subscribers 2014 2020
Chart 46 Development of Orange Belgium's financial data 2013 2020
Chart 47 Development of Orange Belgium's mobile services revenue 2010 2020
Chart 48 Change in Orange Belgium's mobile ARPO 2017 2020
Chart 49 Development of Telenet's mobile revenue 2007 2020
Chart 50 Growth in the number of Telenet's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 51 MVNO subscribers and market share 2010 2019
Chart 52 Change in the number of fixed broadband subscribers by technology 2010 2019
Chart 53 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 54 Change in the number of broadband subscription net additions per year 2010 2019
Chart 55 Change in the proportion of fixed-broadband lines by speed 2012 2019
Chart 56 Change in the number of fixed-broadband lines by speed 2012 2019
Chart 57 Growth in the number of Telenet's fixed broadband subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 58 Growth in the number of Proximus's fixed broadband subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 59 Growth in the number of Orange Belgium's broadband subscribers 2008 2020
Chart 60 Growth in the number of VDSL subscribers 2012 2019
Chart 61 Growth in the number of FttP/B subscribers 2012 2019
Chart 62 Fixed-line telephony revenue 2009 2018
Chart 63 Fixed-line and mobile traffic volume 2010 2019
Chart 64 Fixed-line traffic by type 2010 2019
Chart 65 Change in the number of Proximus's access channels (CBU) 2012 2020
Chart 66 Proximus Group financial data 2009 2020
Chart 67 Proximus revenue by sector 2009 2020
Chart 68 Proximus revenue by operating division 2010 2020
Chart 69 Proximus fixed-line services revenue by sector (CBU) 2010 2020
Chart 70 Proximus monthly ARPU by sector (CBU) 2010 2018
Chart 71 Development of Orange Belgium's financial data 2013 2020
Chart 72 Orange Belgium service revenue by sector 2010 2020
Chart 73 Orange Belgium retail service revenue by sector 2010 2020
Chart 74 Development of Telenet's financial data 2009 2020
Chart 75 Telenet revenue by sector 2009 2020
Chart 76 Telenet subscribers by sector 2009 2020
Chart 77 Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity 2010 2025
Chart 78 Fixed lines by type 2010 2019

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Generalised Market Characteristics by Market Segment
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop
Exhibit 3 Number portability defined
Exhibit 4 Key global developments towards 5G standardisation
Exhibit 5 5G spectrum, speed and devices
Exhibit 6 Key considerations for government and regulators in relation to 5G
Exhibit 7 Main DSL service providers
Exhibit 8 WiMAX spectrum licenses 2001 2005
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  • Proximus (Belgacom)
  • Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
  • BASE
  • Telenet
  • Lycamobile Belgium
  • Versatel
  • Interkabel
  • COLT
  • Scarlet
  • Tele2
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