Quarter of Belgian households without landline
6 April 2006, BRUSSELS — Some 28 percent of Belgian households no longer have a landline telephone and only use a mobile phone.
6 April 2006
BRUSSELS — Some 28 percent of Belgian households no longer have a landline telephone and only use a mobile phone.
It equates to 1.24 million households from the total 4.44 million households in Belgium, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported on Friday.
The figures are found in Belgacom's annual report, which also states that the number of families without a landline telephone increases every year.
In 2002, there were 24 percent of households without a landline, 25 percent in 2003 and 26 percent in 2004.
Belgium had 8.8 million people with a mobile phone last year, or 84 percent of the population.
As the market leader, Belgacom is primarily suffering from the rising number of households without a landline.
Pressure on its landline division — the company's largest source of income — explains why the company is developing new activities, such as digital television.
Belgacom is also moving to take over companies in growth areas such as business services (Telindus).
"There are indications that people are starting to re-discover the landline for internet or digital TV," Belgacom spokesman Jan Margot said.
"Those who switched to the GSM to save money must now often realise that they were better off keeping the landline."
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news