Belgian cellular operator Mobistar is to rejoin the country’s fixed broadband and pay-TV sector after exiting the market in 2013. From 1 March the operator – which is soon to rebrand under its parent’s Orange banner – will begin offering packages of 100Mbps broadband access and a 70-channel TV service. While the new offering is primarily targeted at Mobistar’s existing mobile subscribers, the services will also be available to new customers who sign up for post-paid plans. According to a report from Digital TV Europe, the packages will initially only be offered in six cities: Brussels, Louvain, Alost, Mons, Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve and Wavre. The TV and broadband offer will cost between EUR39 and EUR49 (USD44-USD55) a month, depending on the customer’s mobile tariff.
Belgium’s cable TV operators, which include Telenet, Voo and Numericable, had resisted opening up their networks to rival telcos, but recent regulatory changes have forced them to provide open access. Mobistar had cited the difficulty gaining access at competitive prices as the reason for its decision to abandon the fixed market in 2013.