Each operator has to pay fees to the BIPT following his notification. There exist two types of fees: a one-time fee destined to cover the costs of the notification and annual fees to cover the file handling costs.
What are the notification costs?
A first notification requires the payment of two fees:
A registration fee: a basic amount for a notified network or service or the double fixed amount based on a combination of two notified networks and/or services.
|1. Registration fees||Amounts 2020|
|1 x public electronic communications network||€ 740|
|1 x electronic communications service||€ 740|
|Bundled notification (= as of 2 services/networks)||€ 1,480|
|Non-profit service or network||€ 136|
|Other service or network||€ 136|
|Bundled notification||€ 271|
The annual fee is calculated proportionally, by twelfths, including the month during which the request has been made to BIPT, and rounded up to the superior unit.
What is the amount of the annual fee?
The annual fee is calculated based on the relevant turnover made during the year preceding the billing year concerned. If the telecommunication activities are operated on a non-profit basis, the fee is a fixed amount and the turnover must still be declared. If you do not record any turnover (or have not recorded any turnover yet), but are still registered as an operator, the absence of turnover must also be declared.
|Annual administrative fee||Amounts 2020|
| Non-profit service or network
|| € 339
|€ 0 =< Turnover < € 1,000,000||€ 691|
|€ 1,000,000 < Turnover <= €5,000,000||€10,162|
|€ 5,000,000 < Turnover <= €10,000,000||€20,324|
|€ 10,000,000 < Turnover <= €50,000,000||€33,873|
|€ 50,000,000 < Turnover < €1,000,000,000||€101,618|
|Turnover > €1,000,000,000||€203,235|
The first year of the notification, this fee is calculated according to the number of months left in the year, considering the month in which the notification was done, as an entire month.
What is the legal framework for these fees?
The legal framework is the Royal Decree of 7 March 2007 on the notification of electronic communications services and networks and the Act of 21 March 1991 on the reform of certain economic public companies.
You can contact us by telephone at the following number 02/226 89 32 (+32 2 226 89 32), by e-mail, or by post at the following address IBPT, Département Networks & Services, Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 35, 1030 Brussels.
What other possible costs are there?
On this page you will find a survey of the costs and fees for the use of numbering capacity in Belgium.
For connection to the CRDC (central reference database for number portability) an operator has to pay regulated contributions to the non-profit organisation Number Portability.
More info is available in the Rights and obligations section under the card: “Supporting number portability and Easy Switch processes”
Financing of the Office of the Ombudsman
Operators finance the means necessary for the Office of the Ombudsman to function.
Every year, the BIPT sets the amount of the Ombudsman contribution for each company involved.
The amount corresponds to the amount of the financial means necessary for the Office of the Ombudsman to function, multiplied by a coefficient equal to the company's share in the turnover of all companies concerned generated during the previous year for the activities falling within the scope of the Office of the Ombudsman.
The first bracket of 1,240,000 EUR of each company’s annual turnover is not taken into account for the calculation of the contribution. Notification form.
More info is available in the Rights and obligations section under the ‘financing of the Office of the Ombudsman’ card.
Fund for emergency services
"Fonds voor de Nooddiensten die ter plaatse hulp bieden” (fund for emergency services offering help on the scene) is the legal person verifying the costs of the emergency services, collecting them from the operators in question and transferring them to the emergency services. You will find more information here, more specifically as to how the Fund determines the costs due by each operator.
Finally you will find the annual user fees for frequencies below:
|Annual handling fees||2G fee||€ 247,893.52||€ 389,220.00|
|3G fee||€ 250,000.00||€ 363,900.00|
|800 MHz fee||€ 350,000.00||€ 381,100.00|
|Annual fee per band||Fee per 2G channel||€ 24,789.35||€ 38,930.00|
|Fee per 3G MHz duplex||€ 125,000.00||€ 182,000.00|
|Fee per 800 MHz||€ 87,500.00||€ 95,300.00|
|Fee per 2600 MHz||€ 26,000.00||€ 31,000.00|
More information regarding frequencies and user rights can be found on this page.