Base (mobile telephony provider)
BASE is a brand of BASE Company. It was formerly known as KPN Group Belgium.
BASE Company is the third largest of Belgium's three mobile telecommunications operators. It competes with Proximus, owned by Belgian state owned telco Belgacom, and Mobistar, a subsidiary of Orange S.A. Since October 2009 it has also been the name for its fixed line and broadband ADSL operations, formerly marketed under brand name Tele2.
The BASE Company network is also used by a number of mobile virtual network operators: Simyo (KPN), Tele2 Smart (Tele2), Aldi Talk (Medion Mobile), 1 Mobile (Carrefour & Effortel), NRJ Mobile (NRJ Radio), Ortel Mobile (KPN), AY Yildiz, JIM Mobile (VMM), Mondial Telecom, Ello Mobile, Caleo Mobile, DixiTel, Ilyacom, Inphony Mobile,TURK TELEKOM MOBILE, Mobile Vikings.
BASE Company was founded as Belgium's third major mobile network operator in 1999 under the brand name of KPN Orange. It was a joint venture between the Dutch KPN Mobile and the then British Orange telcos. After the acquisition of Orange by France Télécom, its shares were sold to KPN Mobile. After a few years, the brand name was changed from Orange to BASE. BASE has an estimated 98% coverage of the country and 26% market share in mobile communications.
The fixed line and broadband operations were started in 2007 after the acquisition of Tele2 Belgium.
BASE Company claims to be "the fastest growing mobile operator in Belgium" with about 22% market share. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of KPN Mobile, a subsidiary itself of KPN, 98%, and NTT DoCoMo, 2%.
The operator's display logo is BASE, the net code is 206 20 and operates under 900/1800MHz GSM, 900/2100MHz UMTS, 1800MHz LTE. Its prepaid service is called BASE prepaid. Its postpaid service is called BASE Check.
Since 2005, the BASE corporate identity and claim "freedom of speech" are also used by German operator E-Plus, also a subsidiary of KPN. E-Plus used the brand to promote a flatrate in which all calls to landlines and within the E-Plus network and all text messages within the E-Plus network are covered by a monthly charge of 25 euro. Beside, E-Plus sells an Android smartphone and tablet under the BASE Lutea brand coming with a built-in-flatrate for data access.