Belgian government reaches agreement on fourth player on mobile telecom market

Jul

24

2018

Belgian government has reached an agreement on the accession of a new party to the Belgian mobile telecom market. Telecommander Alexander De Croo has been planning to introduce a fourth player for some time, which should lead to more competition and lower prices.

The agreement on a fourth mobile provider that can enter the Belgian market is part of an agreement reached by the government on the federal budget and the number of other large files. Among other things, the VRT reports that there is an agreement on the introduction of this fourth player , but further details on that are still missing.

Recently, the Belgian telecom watchdog BIPT published a report in which the body concluded that adding a fourth player could have a positive effect on price competition. This included references to the Netherlands, where the introduction of Tele2 in 2012 to the mobile market led to increased competition, lower prices and larger data bundles.

It is the intention that in the coming extended frequency auction in 2019 space will be created for a fourth operator, as De Croo has wanted for a while . According to him, the Belgian consumer is currently paying too much due to a lack of competition. The mobile market in Belgium is currently controlled by three providers: Proximus, Telenet and Orange. These parties are not jumping at the prospect of a fourth big player.

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