On July 12, 2018, the Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) published an impact study regarding the entrance of a fourth mobile operator into the Belgian telecoms market. It also published proposed legislation to auction new mobile frequencies in 2019.
- While many benefits are envisaged for the market, additional measures will need to be put in place to create the right market conditions for a new entrant. Not only does this mean sufficient levels of reserved spectrum for the fourth operator but also temporary exemption from coverage of railways for a period of nine years, discount on the annual fees during the first years of the licence validity, and a less stringent schedule for the population coverage requirements.
Features and Benefits
- Assesses the impact of a fourth operator on the Belgian telecoms market.
- Identifies regulatory measures required to encourage a new player to the market.
Key questions answered
- What regulatory measures need to be implemented to level the playing field?
- What lessons must be learnt from previous failed attempts to attract a new entrant to the market?
Table of contents
Reserving low-frequency spectrum for a fourth player will ensure they can deliver both coverage and capacity
Processing times for acquiring a building permit are long and need to be addressed by the regulator
Previous attempts to encourage a fourth MNO into the market were unsuccessful and these mistakes should not be repeated