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Introduction

The Belgium telecoms market has a well-established fixed broadband infrastructure, with coverage at 100%, and ranks among the top in next-generation access (NGA) coverage at 99%, while ultrafast broadband coverage reaches 96%.

Highlights

  • The BIPT completed its review of several wholesale markets.
  • The Belgian government postponed its multiband spectrum auction to 2020.
  • The BIPT raised concerns over zero-rated services that breached net-neutrality policies.

Features and Benefits

  • Presents a detailed outline of the regulatory framework for telecoms in Belgium.
  • Offers an overview of spectrum policy, auctions, and licensing.
  • Includes a description of wholesale regulation for fixed and mobile services.

Key questions answered

  • What are the current remedies imposed at the retail and wholesale levels for fixed and mobile services in Belgium?
  • What are the current regulation and telecoms policies in Belgium?
  • What is within the scope of the national broadband plan and universal service obligation in Belgium?

Table of contents

Summary

  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Regulatory framework

  • National regulatory authority
  • Key legislation and regulation
  • Current status of market analysis

Spectrum

  • Spectrum policy
  • Wireless licensing

Wholesale fixed regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Voice interconnection
  • Wholesale access
  • Wholesale broadband services

Wholesale mobile regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Mobile termination charges
  • Roaming obligations
  • MVNO access

Other services subject to regulation

  • The retail market
  • The regulation of bundles
  • Quality of service
  • Advertising of broadband speeds
  • Terminating and switching out of contracts
  • VoIP
  • Regulatory position on OTTs
  • Regulatory position on IoT/M2M
  • Numbering policy
  • Data protection regulation

Universal service

  • Universal service provider
  • Universal service fund
  • Universal service obligation for broadband

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Author