• The BIPT publishes the results of its annual survey of the consumers’ perception of the electronic communications market

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    The positive trend on the market that has been observed for several years continues: consumer satisfaction has increased for the five items observed (tariffs, customer services, rights, information and billing), more specifically regarding mobile telephony.
  • Radio spectrum auction ultimately yields more than 1.4 billion euro

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    Brussels, 20 July 2022 – Today, the BIPT concluded the final phase of the radio spectrum auction. Following the conclusion of the first phase of the auction of the new 5G spectrum (700 MHz, 3600 MHz) and the existing 2G and 3G radio spectrum (900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz) on 20 June 2022 producing 1.2 billion euro, the BIPT has now also concluded the second and final phase of the auction (1400 MHz radio frequency band). In this frequency band another 90 MHz was auctioned. This auction yielded 216.540.000 euro bringing the total amount for the two auction phases to 1.418.732.400 euro.
  • The BIPT notices the positive impact of market regulation

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    While a lack of competition was noticed in 2018, the BIPT notices that the regulation implemented these past years is paying off without affecting investment in the new generation networks. The competitive dynamic has been restarted, consumers have access to a larger range of offers and get more value for their money when they buy convergent bundles (i.e. including fixed and mobile services). For an identical consumption profile consumers can find cheaper options today than in 2018. However, the evolution is less beneficial for non-convergent solutions (i.e. only including fixed telecom services); the amount to pay for such solutions has increased compared with 2018 while their content has not changed much. Moreover, Belgium remains expensive when compared with its neighbouring countries.
  • Radio spectrum auction brings in 1.2 billion euro

    Publications › Press release -
    Following the start on 1 June 2022 the main phase of the auction of the new 5G spectrum (700 MHz, 3600 MHz) and the existing 2G and 3G radio spectrum (900MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100MHz) was ended with proceeds of 1,202,192,400 euro.
  • Record level of investments in the telecoms market

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    The decrease in the number of fixed telephony lines continued in 2021. In its annual report on the figures of the electronic communications market, the BIPT noted a further decrease of almost 10% in the number of connections. The fixed broadband Internet traffic continues its upward trend, increasing by almost 13%, and bundles are increasingly used for this purpose. The average data consumption per fixed broadband Internet connection also increased to 239 GB per month, 19 GB more than in 2020. Major investments are being made in order to keep up with this development: the BIPT reports a record level of investments. Last year, investments in the fixed segment increased by no less than 23% to over EUR 1 billion.
  • Bundles on the mobile market increase by 16% in 2021

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    The BIPT's annual report on the figures of the electronic communications market highlights the growing success of bundles in the mobile market. These bundles combine fixed and mobile services. The total number of data SIM cards increased by 4,7% in 2021, and they also process more and more mobile data.
  • The BIPT imposes a fine of EUR 85,000 on Sewan

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    BIPT blames Sewan Belgium for not having correctly completed the required identification fields in the register, thus for creating uncertainty for consumers seeking information on the payphone numbers Sewan holds.
  • The BIPT maps out the status of fibre roll-out in our country

    Publications › Press release -
    On the map published by the BIPT today, anyone can see where fibre is available (or will be shortly) and which operators provide their services using those networks
  • The BIPT publishes a study mapping out the 5G applications abroad

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    To inspire Belgian businesses and to ensure that the imminent 5G roll-out goes hand in hand with a swift uptake of this new technology, the BIPT publishes a study mapping out possibly inspiring 5G applications abroad. From the vast range of existing foreign examples, 113 use cases of various types have been selected as most relevant to the Belgian context.
  • The Gaming Commission and the BIPT sign an agreement to better combat illegal online gambling and betting

    Publications › Press release -
    In order to ensure a secure and controlled gambling environment, both regulators agreed to join forces to address the problems related to illegal gambling and betting websites operating without an operating licence and offering no protection to Belgian gamblers.

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