Mapping broadband coverage in Belgium

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2012 - key results for Belgium

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by Point Topic shows Belgium is now over 97% towards achieving that aim.

National coverage by broadband technology

Belgium was one of the most advanced countries in the EU for NGA coverage, ranking third out of all the study countries with 97.1% households covered in 2012. This was well ahead of the EU average for NGA coverage in total and in rural areas. We estimated that nearly all households could access standard and standard fixed services, with over 99% of households able to access DSL broadband services.

Belgium broadband coverage by technology combination

Belgium broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2012

Belgium owed its extensive NGA coverage to Docsis 3 cable, which alone covered over 95% of households. VDSL services were also extensive, with 85% of households able to access VDSL services. Note that the reported figure includes all households served by VDSL and is not restricted to those who receive high-speed services. FTTP only covered a small number of households in Belgium. Belgium should have little trouble meeting the Digital Agenda target to deliver high-speed broadband services to all citizens by the end of 2020.

LTE services were launched in Belgium in 2012 and covered over 8% of households by the end of the year. This was one of the few areas in which Belgium fell behind the rest of Europe.
VDSL coverage grew by four percentage points in 2012. Other than the launch of LTE services, this was the biggest shift in coverage in Belgium in 2012.

Belgium total broadband coverage by technology

Belgium total broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Belgium rural broadband coverage by technology

Belgium rural broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Regional coverage by broadband technology

Clear distinctions in coverage could be observed between the North and South of the country. Whilst both standard and NGA technologies were accessible to the whole of Flanders, southern regions were found to be slightly but consistently under-served. This is due to differences in cable provision across the country.

Belgium standard broadband coverage map

Belgium standard broadband coverage map

Belgium NGA broadband coverage map

Belgium NGA broadband coverage map

Data tables for Belgium

BE table 1

BE table 2

Find out more

Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at tim.johnson@point-topic.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

 

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