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Introduction

Belgium's broadband strategy, "Digital Belgium," is more ambitious than the EU's Digital Agenda. The country is competitively placed in terms of high-speed broadband uptake, but it continues to lag in mobile broadband uptake despite impressive LTE coverage.

Highlights

  • The BIPT adopted the standards set by the BEREC in its guidelines on net neutrality.
  • The BIPT issued its final decision on the wholesale mobile termination market.
  • The BIPT issued new legislation for communicating the speed of fixed and mobile broadband connections.

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

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