BIPT fines Belgacom for lower tariff delays

29 Jul 2008

A statement from the Belgian Institute of Postal services and Telecommunications (BIPT), the national telecoms regulator, has announced that leading mobile operator Belgacom will be fined EUR3.09 million (USD4.85 million). The penalty comes as a result of the operator’s failure to pass on lower mobile termination rates to customers, following regulator rulings in October 2006 and May 2007. The BIPT had previously warned Belgacom in January of this year that it must comply, but the lower rates were not fully implemented until July 2008. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Belgacom is currently has 42.5% market share of the Belgian wireless market via it wholly owned subsidiary Proximus, ahead of rivals Mobistar and BASE.

Belgium, Proximus