Belgium - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Belgium’s mobile market is served by the three network operators Proximus, Orange Belgium and BASE (owned by Liberty Global’s local unit Telenet) and by a number of MVNOs. Mobile networks have been upgraded with LTE technology to support growing mobile data use among subscribers, while Proximus and Telenet have also initiated trials to develop services based on 5G.

The market continues to be transformed, particularly with MVNOs shifting between networks. The government is keen to set the framework which could enable a new player to enter the market in 2019 following the award of spectrum in the 3.5GHz and other bands earmarked for 5G services. Existing operators are opposed to such a move, citing harsh competitive conditions and pressure on both revenue and investment in the sector. A characteristic of the market is customer preference for quad-play services, and to this end MNOs are strengthening their fixed-line offerings. In this landscape the mobile-only provides will struggle to gain customers in coming years.

This report profiles Belgian’s mobile market, providing the latest statistics on the main players, as well as recent developments on HSPA and LTE rollouts as well as the future deployment of 5G.

Key developments:

  • Government aiming to set up a fourth mobile operator in early 2019;
  • Lycamobile Belgium switches host network from Orange Belgium to BASE;
  • Proximus and Orange Belgium progress with 5G trials;
  • Pre-paid mobile SIM cards registration comes into force;
  • Orange Belgium adds mobile telephony to bundled offers;
  • Regulator concludes 2.6GHz auction, achieves €360 million at auction for 800MHz spectrum;
  • BASE receives 900MHz licence extension;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data update for 2017, regulator’s 2017 annual report, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Proximus, Orange Belgium (Mobistar), BASE, Telenet, Lycamobile Belgium.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
  • 4. Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 5G
    • 5.2 4G (LTE)
    • 5.3 3G
    • 5.4 GSM
  • 6. Internet of Things (IoT)
    • 6.1 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • 7. Mobile data
    • 7.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
    • 7.2 SMS over fixed networks
    • 7.3 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
  • 8. Mobile broadband
  • 9. Regulatory issues
    • 9.1 Spectrum
      • 9.1.1 GSM
      • 9.1.2 3G
      • 9.1.3 Network sharing
      • 9.1.4 700MGz
      • 9.1.5 800MHz spectrum
      • 9.1.6 900MHz spectrum
      • 9.1.7 1400MHz
      • 9.1.8 2.1GHz spectrum
      • 9.1.9 2.6GHz spectrum
      • 9.1.10 3.5GHz
      • 9.1.11 SIM card registration
    • 9.2 Roaming
    • 9.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • 9.4 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
  • 10. Major mobile operators
    • 10.1 Proximus
    • 10.2 Orange Belgium (Mobistar)
    • 10.3 BASE (Telenet)
    • 10.4 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • 11. Mobile content and applications
    • 11.1 Location-based services
    • 11.2 Mobile TV
  • 12. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Mobile revenue – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 2 – Historical – Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and penetration – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 3 – Active mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Market share by operator – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Mobile ARPU – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Mobile voice traffic – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Average use of service per subscriber per month – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Mobile prepaid and contract subscribers (residential, MNOs) – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Forecast - Mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 10 – LTE subscribers with data – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 11 – 3G subscribers with data – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 12 – M2M connections – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 13 – M2M revenue – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Orange Belgium M2M connections – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Data traffic on mile networks – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Average data traffic per subscribers per month – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Proximus mobile data traffic – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Proximus average mobile data traffic – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Proximus SMS messages (CBU) – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 20 – SMS traffic – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 21 – Mobile broadband subscribers by technology – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 23 – 800MHz auction results – 2013
  • Table 24 – 2.6GHz auction results – 2011
  • Table 25 – Spectrum assignment overview
  • Table 26 – Mobile roaming voice traffic – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 27 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 28 – European roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 29 – Mobile termination tariffs – 2006 – 2013; 2015
  • Table 30 – Mobile termination voice revenue – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 32 – Proximus mobile revenue by sector (CBU) – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 33 – Proximus mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 34 – Proximus CBU subscribers by type – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 35 – Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 36 – Orange Belgium subscribers (Belgium) – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 37 – Orange Belgium MVNOs subscribers (Belgium) – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 38 – Orange Belgium financial data – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 39 – Orange Belgium mobile services revenue – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 40 – Orange Belgium annualised ARPU – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 41 – Orange Belgium annualised ARPO – 2017 - 2018
  • Table 42 – BASE mobile revenue – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 43 – BASE subscribers (historic) – 2004 - 2015
  • Table 44 – Telenet mobile subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 45 – BASE annualised ARPU – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 46 – MVNO revenue – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 47 – MVNO subscribers and market share – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 48 – MVNO mobile voice traffic and market share – 2006 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Mobile revenue – 2012 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Mobile/SIM card subscribers and teledensity –2005 - 2018
  • Chart 3 – Market share by operator – 2002 - 2017
  • Chart 4 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Proximus CBU subscribers by type – 2007 - 2018
  • Chart 6 – Proximus annualised ARPU (CBU) by sector – 2007 - 2018
  • Chart 7 – BASE annualised ARPU – 2005 - 2015
  • Exhibit 1 – Key global developments towards 5G standardisation
  • Exhibit 2 – 5G spectrum, speed and devices
  • Exhibit 3 - Key considerations for government and regulators in relation to 5G

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