Orange (Belgium)

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Orange Belgium N.V./S.A.
Naamloze vennootschap / Société anonyme
Traded as EuronextOBEL
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 1996 (as Mobistar)
Headquarters Brussels, Belgium
Key people
Jean-Marc Harion (CEO), Jan Steyaert (Chairman)
Services Mobile and fixed-line telephony, ADSL, Cable TV
Revenue €1.665 billion (2010)[1]
€373.5 million (2010)[1]
Profit €263.6 million (2010)[1]
Total assets €1.303 billion (end 2010)[1]
Total equity €431.2 million (end 2010)[1]
Number of employees
1,804 (2012)[2]
Parent Orange S.A. (52.91%)
Website www.orange.be

Orange Belgium (known as Orange) is the second largest of Belgium's three mobile telecommunications operators. It competes with Proximus and Base.

Created by France Télécom in 1996 under the name of Mobistar. The company re-branded as Orange on May the 9th 2016 (following its parent company's own change of name in 2013). [3]

History[edit]

Mobistar was founded in 1996 as a joint venture between Telinfo and France Télécom (now Orange S.A.), building a GSM 900 network and then founding a complementary DCS 1800 network.

Initially Mobistar added to its network coverage by signing contracts with providers such as Motorola & Talkline, Cellway, a subsidiary of Martin Dawes Telecommunications and Debitel Belgium, the latter two which it would take over respectively in 1997 and 2000.

Mobistar claims to have been the first GPRS operator in Belgium.

In May 2007 Mobistar bought 90% of the shares of VOXmobile, a mobile phone company of Luxembourg.

In October 2010 Mobistar launched a €55/month hybrid satellite/internet TV package, Starpack[4] to provide phone customers with multi-channel TV. Mobistar TV combines DTH satellite TV with ADSL Internet to provide over 500 satellite TV and radio channels, along with interactive services, catch-up TV and content-on-demand via the Internet, and programme recording management via a smart phone. The satellite TV package includes Flemish national channels, HD and 3D channels, and a range of European free-to-air channels, all transmitted from Astra satellites.[5] Mobistar has announced that this service will end on September 15, 2013.

In 2016 Mobistar added TV and internet to their products once again, now relying on the cable infrastructure of Telenet or VOO (depending on the location) instead of Proximus' ADSL and Satellite TV at a price of €49/month. The offer is only available to mobile subscribers (where subscriptions above €45/month will get a discount, as a result the price of the package will be €39/month for those users) and TV and internet cannot be subscribed separately .

In May the 9th 2016 Mobistar re-branded to Orange.[3]

Company[edit]

Orange Belgium is majority-owned by the Orange S.A. holding company Atlas Services Belgium (ASB), which holds a 52.91% stake. It is a member of the FreeMove alliance.

Mobile virtual network operator[edit]

The Mobistar network is used by a number of mobile virtual network operators including Simply (Mobistar), Mobistar SOS (Mobistar), Mobile Plus (Delhaize), Colruyt Mobile (Colruyt).

Technical information[edit]

The operator's display logo is Orange B (previously Mobistar), the net code is 206 10 and operates under GSM 900/1800, UMTS 900/2100 and LTE 1800 (Band 3) frequencies.

Its prepaid service used to be called Tempo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Annual Results 2010" (PDF). Mobistar. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  2. ^ "Our company". Mobistar. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Mobistar will become Orange as of 9 May 2016" (Press release). Mobistar. March 31, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Mobistar lance une nouvelle expérience télévisuelle !" (Press release). Mobistar. September 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ "BELGIAN TELECOM PROVIDER MOBISTAR TO RELY ON ASTRA FOR ITS "MOBISTAR TV" OFFER" (Press release). SES Astra. September 21, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 

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