Calling with the mobile phone is expensive in Belgium. According to a study by the European Commission, the prices in our country are a lot higher than the European average. Although prices have slightly dropped last year, the average GSM user in Belgium pays 26,26 euro per month. In Europe that average is only at 19,49 euro.
Because of this, the Belgian consumer is less tented to buy a new mobile phone. With a GSM penetration of 102%, Belgium is way below the European level of 119%. Because of this, we lag behind for several mobile technologies and services. The use of Mobile Internet, for example, is at a mere 3,5% in Belgium.
According to Viviane Reding, the solution lies in increasing the competition on the Belgian market. She believes a 4th mobile operator would be a good idea. And Telenet has already shown interest in that.