Test Purchase: no effective competition between telecom providers

The Belgian Council of Ministers seems to be of the opinion that market legislation is sufficient to create healthy and effective competition between telecom providers. Consumer organization Test Aankoop, however, has to conclude that the opposite is true: the telecom bill for Belgian consumers is rising year after year. Between 2017 and 2021, telecom prices rose by an average of 3 to 6 percent.

Belgium is also a lot more expensive than its neighboring countries. In a recent study, the consumer organization found that surfing the internet in neighboring countries was on average 30 percent cheaper. But it is mainly the prices of the packages that are a problem: the average cost of a package with internet, television and telephony in Belgium is 73 euros per month. In Germany this is 32 percent cheaper and in France 59 percent cheaper.

The plans of the Belgian government do provide for a possible fourth operator, but it should focus on the business market. Test Aankoop regrets this unmissable opportunity to increase competition and lower prices for Belgian consumers.

Source: Mobile – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.

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