Foreword

Annual report 2020

Due to the health crisis, teleworking, distance education and e-commerce have become the norm. The pressure on networks and parcel operators has increased. The BIPT, in collaboration with the operators, ensured that no major failure occurred.

Concerning the rebranding, the activities which started in 2019 with the adoption of a new logo continued. The tools of the BIPT (such as the tariff simulator and the website postalpoint.be) were the subject of a communication campaign to increase their visibility. Furthermore, an automatic calculation option has been added to the tariff simulator (besttariff.be) to facilitate its use. The BIPT also released a new version of its website focusing on usability and ergonomics.

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The BIPT strengthened its position on the international stage with the election of Michel Van Bellinghen as BEREC Chair for 2021. In the field of postal services, Belgium proposed Jack Hamande’s candidacy to the presidency of the UPU.

“We then realised, more than ever, the importance of effective and reliable postal and communications networks”

The BIPT drafted its Strategic Plan 2020-2022 with the purpose of embodying and defending a reliable and competitive communications environment for everyone, in accordance with the missions, values and areas of action of the BIPT.

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In the context of growing needs for high-quality connectivity, the BIPT accompanied the deployment of advanced wireline networks: it particularly focused on the tariffs for access to Proximus’ fibre network, to facilitate wholesale access for alternative operators. The BIPT also enabled the start of the deployment of 5G by granting temporary user rights for the 3600-3640 MHz band and preparing the legal framework which is necessary for the introduction of 5G in Belgium.

In a connected society, the security of network and information systems is vital. The BIPT participated in the reorganisation of the identification process of national critical infrastructures as well as the drafting of a bill against the new forms of fraud via SMS (smishing), and the preparation of legislative measures to better protect the future Belgian 5G infrastructure.

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