Telecommunication in Belgium

The development of telecommunications in Belgium is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +32, there were a total of 16.83 million connections in 2016. Among them were 12.46 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections Belgium is very well in the race. Around 87% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 38% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 5.19 million webhosts, Belgium is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

The following diagrams show the development of the different telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that on average every inhabitant has more than one subscription.

Spread of internet connections in Belgium 1990 - 2016

Broadband internet in Belgium 1998 - 2016

Landlines in the years 1991 - 2016

Mobile phones in Belgium 1991 - 2016

Spreading in 2016 Belgium
Internet users 9.82 m 86.52 % 413.13 m 80.77 %
Broadband users 4.27 m 37.58 % 168.27 m 32.90 %
Landlines 4.37 m 38.52 % 213.38 m 41.72 %
Mobile cellulars 12.46 m 109.78 % 619.93 m 121.20 %