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Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
Published: January 25, 2021 Content info: 252 Pages
Description

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.

BuddeComm 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;
  • 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.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Key statistics

Regional European Market Comparison

  • Europe Telecom Maturity Index by tier
    • Market Leaders
    • Market Challengers
    • Market Emergents
  • TMI versus GDP
  • Mobile and mobile broadband penetration
  • Fixed versus mobile broadband penetration

Country overview

Covid-19 and its impact on the telecom sector

  • Economic considerations and responses
  • Mobile devices
  • Subscribers
  • Infrastructure

Telecommunications market

  • Historical overview
  • Market analysis

Regulatory environment

  • Historic overview
  • Regulatory authority
  • Fixed-line developments
    • Government policies
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Cable network access
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
  • Mobile network developments
    • Spectrum
    • Roaming
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

Mobile market

  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • General statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G
    • GSM
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Mobile data
    • Short Message Service (SMS)
    • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
  • Mobile broadband
  • Major mobile operators
    • Proximus
    • Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
    • BASE (Telenet)
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

Fixed-line broadband market

  • Market analysis
  • Broadband statistics
  • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • Telenet
    • Interkabel
    • SFR (Numéricable)
  • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Networks
    • Proximus
    • Versatel/Tele2 Belgium
    • Orange Belgium
    • Other DSL developments
  • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • Government support
    • Digital Metropolis Antwerp
    • Proximus
  • Other fixed broadband services
    • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
    • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
    • WLAN/Wi-Fi
    • WiMAX

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

Appendix - Historic data

Glossary of abbreviations

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

  • Chart 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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