Mapping broadband coverage in Belgium

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2011 - 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 broadband specialists Point Topic shows Belgium is already close to achieving that aim.

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National coverage by broadband technology – Belgium

Belgium broadband coverage by technology combination - BCE 2011

Belgium broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2011

As a relatively small, densely populated and prosperous country, Belgium enjoys one of the highest levels of standard and NGA broadband coverage in Europe.  All Belgium coverage combinations are ahead of the European average, well ahead in the case of the  NGA and rural.  Total and Rural standard coverage is 100%, total NGA coverage is 98% and rural NGA coverage is 53.8%, the second highest in Europe.  HSPA coverage is also well above average.

As the technology profile shows these figures are achieved by having 100% DSL coverage plus one of the most widespread cable networks in Europe which is now fully upgraded to Docsis 3.  VDSL coverage of 78.9% is the second highest in Europe.   On the other hand, FTTP coverage is negligible so far at only 0.2% and LTE had yet to be launched as of end-2011.

Belgium superfast broadband coverage map

Belgium superfast broadband coverage map

Belgium’s rural population is only 4% of the total and with 100% of exchanges enabled for DSL it has complete broadband coverage by that definition.  Rural NGA is largely provided by Docsis 3 service for the moment.

NGA broadband maps for Belgium

Belgium has uniform 100% standard broadband coverage.  NGA coverage is not quite so clear-cut.  While the cable networks in the northern half of the country report complete coverage, those in the south do not cover the rural sector.  Even so, overall coverage is almost 95% in these provinces.

 

 

 

 

Data tables for Belgium

Demographics

Statistic National
Population 10,666,866
Persons per household 2.4
Rural proportion 4.0%

Coverage by technology

Technology Total Rural
DSL 100.0% 100.0%
VDSL 78.9% 0.0%
FTTP 0.2% 0.0%
WiMAX 14.7% 0.0%
Standard cable 95.9% 53.8%
Docsis 3 cable 95.9% 53.8%
HSPA 98.7% 98.7%
LTE 0.0% 0.0%
Satellite 100.0% 100.0%
Standard Combination 100.0% 100.0%
NGA Combination 98.0% 53.8%

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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