Households with a broadband connection


Statbel, Eurostat, processed by Statistics Flanders


The Eurostat questionnaire defines fixed and mobile broadband as follows:

A fixed broadband connection (wifi or wired), namely  

via the telephone line (ADSL, VDSL, SHDSL or other DSL-type); 

via cable, fibre, Ethernet, PLC and so on; 

via satellite; 

via a hotspot (public wifi network) close to the home and which is also accessible.

A mobile broadband connection (3G, 4G, for example UMTS, LTE, mobile WiMAX) of a mobile phone network via a cell phone, smartphone or via another device with a USB key (dongle), cell phone or smartphone modem or with a card (for example, via a desktop, laptop or tablet with an integrated sim card).

A mobile narrowband connection (via mobile phone network less than 3G, e.g. 2G+/GPRS, using (SIM) card or USB key, mobile phone or smart phone as modem) is not included in these statistics.

In 2018, the clarification ‘wifi or wired’ was not included in the definition for fixed broadband which resulted in some respondents seeing wifi as mobile broadband. The figures for mobile and fixed broadband are therefore not usable for 2018.

Remarks on quality

The survey on ICT usage in households and by individuals (ICT survey among households and individuals) is an annual survey coordinated by Eurostat in the Member States of the European Union. Statbel (the General Directorate of Statistics of FPS Economy, Statistics Belgium) is responsible for organising the survey in Belgium and for processing the Belgian figures.

In Belgium, the sample of the ICT survey among households and individuals is a sub-sample of the Labour Force Survey (LFS). After conducting the Labour Force Survey, the interviewer asks the person in the household who has had his/her birthday most recently and is at least 16 and younger than 75 whether he/she would like to complete the ICT survey autonomously. Since 2009, two methods of data collection have been used: CAWI (Computer Assisted Web Interviewing) via a web application and SAPQ (Self Administered Paper Questionnaire) via a paper form. Before 2009 the survey was conducted face to face, in the presence of an interviewer. A reminder including a new questionnaire is sent if the household has not replied within 14 days. The households eligible for the ICT survey are private households with at least one person in the age range of 16 to 74 who, in the first or second quarter, participate in the on-going Labour Force Survey. The fieldwork is carried out from January to the end of August. Before the reform of the LFS in 2017, the second quarter sufficed to have enough households and the fieldwork was carried out from April until the end of August.

After validation, the net sample contained 5,810 households. That is 66.2% of the households that participated in the Labour Force Survey 2018 and that were eligible for the ICT survey among households and individuals on the basis of the stated age criterion, and 45.9% of the initial gross sample of the Labour Force Survey 2018 with the exclusion of the households that did not satisfy the stated age criterion. The 5,810 households that made up the net sample are spread over the three regions as follows: 795 from the Brussels-Capital Region, 2,882 from the Flemish Region and 2,133 from the Walloon Region.


Statbel: ICT use in households

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Eurostat: ICT use in households


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