Telecommunications in Belgium
Communications in Belgium are extensive and advanced. Belgium possesses the infrastructure for both mobile and land-based telecom, as well as having significant television, radio and internet infrastructure. The country code for Belgium is BE.
The telephone system itself is highly developed and technologically advanced, with full automation in facilities that handle domestic and international telecom. Domestically speaking, the county has a nationwide cellular telephone system and an extensive network of telephone cables. Telephone regulation is a national competency.
A telephone number in Belgium is a sequence of nine or ten numbers dialled on a telephone to make a call on the telephone network in Belgium. Belgium is under a closed telephone numbering plan, but retains the trunk code, "0", for all national dialling.
Mobile telephone ownership has increased by nearly one thousand percent in the period 1997–2007, from 974,494 to 10.23 million.
A fourth license will be auctioned off by the government in January 2010.
In September 2009 in Flanders there were 3,048,260 broadband internet customers (DSL and cable), of which 2,520,481 were residential users and 527,779 business users. Only 65,175 dial-up internet access accounts remained in the residential market and 9,580 in the business market.
xDSL Internet Providers
Belgium has numerous copper cable internet providers:
- Altercom *End service 2011
- Base (KPN)
- Full Telecom
- Mobistar (Orange S.A.) *End service : 2013
- Numericable (France Numericable)
- Proximedia Group
- Scarlet (Belgacom)
- Verizon Business (Verizon Communications)
Cable Internet Providers
Belgium has three major fiberglass cable internet providers:
- Numéricable for the Brussels region (Ypso Holding)
- Telenet for the Flanders and Brussels regions (Liberty Global)
- VOO for the Walloon and Brussels regions (TECTEO)
- Orange Belgium use Telenet and VOO network combined
These companies all offer specialised services.
Terrestrial Internet Providers
Satellite Internet Providers
ISP for public services
- The Brussels Regional Informatics Center (BRIC, Centre d'Informatique pour la Région Bruxelloise in French) offers Internet access to public administrations in the Brussels-Capital Region, relying directly on the national Belnet network and the IRISnet network.
The microwave relay network is, however, more limited. For international communications, Belgium has 5 submarine cables and a number of satellite earth stations, two of which are Intelsat, and one Eutelsat.
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- BIPT - Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications
- ISPA - Internet Service Providers Association of Belgium
- DNS - Domain Name System Belgium
- MAVISE - Belgian TV market
- Agoria - Federation of Belgian IT Employers
- Beltug - Federation of Belgian ICT Professionals
- UPP - Union of Belgian Periodical Press Publishers
- Febelma - Belgian Federation of Magazines
- VRM - Flemish Media Regulator (Dutch community)
- CSA - High Council for the Audiovisual Media (French community)
- MDGB - Germanic Media Council of Belgium (Germanic community)