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    Depending on the situation of the applicant, one or several of the following documents are necessary:

    • a copy of the most recent assesstment notice (Avertissement-extrait de rôle Impôt des personnes physiques et taxes additionnelles/Aanslagbiljet personenbelasting en aanvullende belastingen) sent on a yearly basis by the FPS Finance, for all persons over 18, domiciled at the applicant’s address;
    • a certificate of the payment of family allowances, obtained from the family allowances fund;
    • a certificate indicating that the applicant has a handicap of at least 66%; this certificate is available at the mutual insurance fund (mutualité/ziekenfonds) or at the FPS Social Security - DG Disabled persons;
    • a certificate of the household composition obtained at the municipal administration (service Population/dienst Bevolking) of the applicant;
    • a copy of the ruling (of the justice of peace or of the youth court) indicating that the grandchildren have been entrusted to the applicant by a legal decision;
    • a copy of a CPAS/OCMW certificate proving that the applicant receives the social integration income in accordance with the Act of May 26, 2002;
    • a certificate and an audiogram of from the otorhinolaryngologist ear, nose and throat specialist proving a minimal hearing loss of 70 dB for the best ear;
    • a certificate of from the ear, nose and throat specialist otorhinolaryngologist proving that the applicant has undergone a laryngectomy;
    • a certificate of from the DG Victims of war of the FPS Social Security proving that the applicant is a military war blinded.

  • FAQ

    All you need to know about 5G

    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. This was initiated by the BIPT with the publication of its communication of 10 September 2018 regarding the introduction of 5G in Belgium. Next, the BIPT published different public consultations on the legislative texts. In July 2018 the then federal Council of Ministers adopted the draft texts organising the 3400-3800 MHz band auction for the first time. 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 on 23 December 2021, BIPT has started with the preparations for the auction, and the auction itself.

    On 20 July 2022 the BIPT concluded the final phase of the radio spectrum auction.

  • FAQ

    The public will not be able to use 5G after the auction's end.

    he roll-out of 5G networks requires private companies to invest in network infrastructure. Consequently, the introduction of 5G in Belgium is not only defined by the availability of spectrum but by the willingness of providers to invest in 5G as well.

  • FAQ

    Belgium missed two European deadlines for the 5G roll-out in 2020: 30 June 2020, the date set for allowing the use of 5G in the 700 MHz band and 30 December 2020, the deadline for 3400-3800 MHz and at least 1 GHz in the 26 GHz band (provided there is sufficient demand from the market, which is not the case in Belgium today).

    Most European countries did make the 5G pioneer bands available:

      700 MHz 3400 – 3800 MHz
    Cyprus December 2020 December 2020
    Denmark March 2019 December 2020
    Germany Juin 2015 June 2019
    Estonia   December 2020
    Finland November 2016  October 2018
    France Novembre 2015 October 2020
    Greece December 2020 December 2020
    Hungary April 2020 April 2020
    Irland   May 2017
    Italy October 2018 October 2018
    Latvia   September 2018
    Luxembourg August 2020  August 2020
    The Netherlands July 2020  
    Norway June 2019  
    Austria September 2020  March  2019
    Slovakia December 2020 July 2017
    Espagne   July 2018
    Czech Republic January 2021 January 2021
    The United Kingdom July 2020  April 2018
    Sweden December 2018 December 2019
    Switzerland June 2019 January 2019

  • FAQ

    The recognised training centres are the following:

  • FAQ

    The recognised training centres are the following:

  • FAQ

    There are several examination levels, from beginner to advanced.

    • For beginners: 

    Examination C (basic operator certificate) consists of 30 multiple choice questions on the subject matters covered by the manual. 
    A correct answer scores 1 point; a wrong answer or a lack of answer scores 0 point. To pass the exam one has to score 80%. 
    No exemptions are granted on the subject matters.
    To take this exam, you must hold a certificate confirming that you passed a practical test organised by a radio amateur association recognised by the IBPT.

    • For novices: 

    Examination B (novice operator certificate) consists of 38 multiple choice questions on the subject matters covered by the manual (20 questions on the technical aspects, 10 questions on the legislation and 8 questions on the procedures).
    A correct answer scores 1 point; a wrong or a lack of answer scores 0 point. To pass the exam one has to score at least 50% for each component. 
    No exemptions are granted on subject matters.

    • For experts: 

    Examination A (HAREC operator certificate) consists of 48 multiple choice questions on the subject matters covered by the manual (30 questions on the technical aspects, 10 questions on the legislation and 8 questions on the procedures).
    A correct answer scores 1 point; a wrong or a lack of answer scores 0 point. To pass the exam one has to score at least 50% for each component. 
    No exemptions are granted on subject matters.

  • FAQ

    This information is described in the radio amateur frequency plan table which is based on a decision of the BIPT.

  • FAQ

    If you wish to improve the outdoor coverage, in your garden or on the terrace of your restaurant by means of a Wi-Fi router outside, you need to know that only the 2400-2483,5 MHz and 5470-5725 MHz frequency bands are allowed.

    The other bands may only be used for indoor installations.

  • FAQ

    The following operators offer social tariffs:

    Name of the operator Contact points for the requests
    BASE  Tel.: 0486 19 19 99
             1999 via GSM
             Base.support@basecompany.be
             BASE Shop
    Orange Tel.: 02 745 95 00
             5000 via GSM
             Fax: 0800 97 606
             in writing: Orange Back Office
                              Avenue du Bourget 3
                              1140 Brussels
    Proximus Tel.: 0800 33 800 (Fr)
            0800 22 800 (Nl)
            0800 44 800 (De)
    Scarlet Tel.: 02 275 27 27
    Telenet Tel.: 0800 66 051
    Voo Tel.: 078 50 50 50

    Since 4 August 2012 only the operators (providing fixed telephony or fixed Internet) with a turnover of more than 50 million euro, are obliged to offer the social tariff for all their tariff plans.

    Operators with a turnover smaller than that amount may, after having made a declaration to BIPT, also offer the social tariff if they wish to do so.

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