Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Date: 18-Jun-2019
No. of pages: 154

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).


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.

Belgium - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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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