Belgian regulator proposes cut to cable access fees

28 May 2015

The Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT) is proposing a 34% cut in charges for wholesale access to the cable networks of Telenet, Numericable/Coditel and Brutele. Under the draft proposal, the basic cost will drop from EUR29.90 (USD32.55) to EUR19.70 a month. The cut has been welcomed by cellular operator Mobistar which is looking to combine its wireless services with a cable offering to provide a quad-play package of fixed and mobile voice, data and TV services to its customers. The draft changes are still subject to a public consultation, plus scrutiny by Belgium’s media regulators and the European Commission (EC). Local press reports suggest that Telenet is unhappy with the proposals and plans to challenge the draft decision.