Belgian cablecos must offer wholesale access

20 May 2015

Belgium’s Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling by the regulator which will force regional cable TV, telephony and broadband operators Numericable, Tecteo and Brutele to open their networks to rivals such as cellular operator Mobistar. Mobistar is keen to compete on a more even footing with the quad-play offers of Proximus, while further quad-play competition is on the horizon, with mobile rival BASE recently agreeing to a merger with cable operator Telenet. In November 2014 the appeal court ruled that Telenet should open its own infrastructure on a wholesale basis. The latest ruling has been welcomed by Mobistar, which controls around 36% of Belgium’s wireless market, behind Proximus but ahead of third-placed BASE.