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  • ERGP press release: - 21st plenary meeting

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    ERGP press release:
  • “Everything you want to know about fibre”: the BIPT tells you all about it on a new website

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    www.fibreinfo.be nforms the target groups about fibre and its roll-out
  • Belgium 2022-1

    Publications › Microphone & in-ear system frequencies -
    List of frequencies allowed for microphones and in-ear systems - For use throughout Belgium.
  • Consultation on the draft of the operational plan 2022

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    Consultation on the draft of the operational plan 2022
  • FAQ

    In December 2020, Proximus activated 5G in the spectrum for which temporary user rights had been obtained at a number of sites.

    In addition, for its 5G Light product, launched in April 2020, Proximus uses the frequency bands that had already been assigned to it in the past based on its 3G licence, i.e. the 2100 MHz band. In accordance with the principle of technological neutrality (imposed by the European Directives), the operators having obtained user rights in a given frequency band are free to choose which technology they use. In that regard, Proximus’s démarche was completely legal. The accompanying tariff plan was baptised Mobilus 5G Unlimited and was offered at 49.99 EUR/month. It allows a download speed that is up to 30% higher than with 4G.
    Proximus has to continue to comply with the current radiation standards for its 5G Light product as well.

    Telenet will be gradually launching its mobile 5G network as of December 2021.

    The first 5G zones are located around Leuven, Antwerp and the coast. Customers with a 5G smartphone and a ONE, ONEup, KLIK and KING or KONG Business subscription will be the first to experience the benefits of this new technology. The other mobile products of Telenet, Telenet Business and BASE will follow in the spring of 2022. The 5G network will then be developed in the following years.

    Currently 5G test licences are also deployed for 5G testing.

  • Microphones

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    Lists of frequencies allowed for microphones and in-ear systems in a given area.
  • Tariffs 2022

    Publications › Other -
    Fees & charges calculation.
  • Consultation concerning the draft bill on the reform of the social tariffs for electronic communications services

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    Consultation at the request of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration, Public Enterprises, Telecommunication and the Postal Services concerning the draft bill on the reform of the social tariffs for electronic communications services
  • FAQ

    5G is introduced in Belgium in keeping with the European guidelines. With the 5G Action Plan for Europe the European Commission suggested a coordinated roll-out of 5G as early as 2016. The European Union designated three preferential frequency bands for the 5G technology: 700 MHz, 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz. The European Electronic Communications Code, approved by the European Parliament and the Council (in which also Belgium is represented by the competent minister) and which had to be transposed into Belgian law by 21 December 2020, imposed a specific schedule on the Member States for the introduction of 5G in these frequency bands.
    This schedule is binding. By the end of June 2020 the deadline for making the 700 MHz band available expired, the period of validity of the user rights for the other pioneer bands had to end by 31 December 2020 at the latest.

    The introduction in Belgium was the result of a long democratic process. It started in May 2017 with a public consultation about draft texts for the organisation of the auction of the 3400-3800 MHz band. Those texts were adopted by the federal Council of Ministers in July 2018. Prior to proceeding to an auction, the Consultation Committee, the body for the alignment of the different Belgian governments’ policies, has to come to an agreement regarding this. 

    At the same time as the deliberations in the Consultation Committee, the federal Parliament was informed as well. On 11 December 2019 a hearing regarding the 5G roll-out took place and a topical debate on 5 February.

    In the absence of a political agreement and with the European deadline for the introduction of 5G in sight, the BIPT initiated a procedure for the granting of temporary user rights in a part of the 3600 MHz band for the provision of 5G. Early 2020, the BIPT launched a call for candidates. The draft decision for the granting of the temporary licences to the candidate operators (Cegeka, Entropia Investments BVBA, Orange Belgium, Proximus and Telenet Group), including the terms and conditions for use, such as the technical requirements, the fees due, the validity of the licence ... was published for public consultation on 23 March 2020. 

    On 22 January 2021, the federal Council of Ministers reviewed the 5G case and ratified a bill and a number of Royal Decrees enabling the auction of 5G rights in our country following the approval of, among others, the Consultation Committee. 

    On 26 May 2021 the Consultation Committee already approved the bill, which was adopted in the Chamber’s plenary assembly on 17 June and was published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 6 July 2021.

    Following this, a public consultation was held from 16 July until 31 August 2021 on the Royal Decrees further implementing the multiband auction during which 5G user rights shall be put up for auction as well.

    On November 24, 2021, the consultation committee gave its final approval regarding the royal decrees for the auction of 5G spectrum. After the publication of the royal decrees, BIPT will start with the preparations for the auction. This is planned for the second quarter of 2022.

  • The BIPT outlines the consequences of the destruction of GSM masts - 10 november 2021

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    The BIPT outlines the consequences of the destruction of GSM masts - 10 november 2021

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