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Norway - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

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Telenor expecting 5G to serve some rural areas for broadband

In common with other Scandinavian countries, Norway has a sophisticated telecom market with high broadband and mobile penetration rates and a highly developed digital media sector. Although not a member of the European Union, the country's telecoms sector is synchronised with relevant EC legislation. Telenor is the dominant operator in all sectors, though there is increasing competition from new entrants. There remains considerable change among sector players, with Telia having increased its market share by acquiring the operations of Tele2 and Phonero and making a move into the fixed-line market by acquiring TDC's units Get and TDC Norway in July 2018.

The broadband market has been supported by a technologically savvy populace as well as the efforts of providers to migrate subscribers to fast broadband services provided by fibre networks, VDSL and upgraded cable infrastructure. The leading ISPs Telenor and NextGenTel have also deployed services based on technology. The regulator has called on the government to help fund additional cable infrastructure to reduce the country's dependence on Telenor's networks, while recent regulator measures have enabled alternative operators to upgrade Telenor's infrastructure in areas where they provide services.

The mobile market is dominated by Telenor Mobil and Telia, with Ice a distant third. The market is well advanced in LTE developments, with both Telenor and Telia spearheading networks in the region. Telenor was cited as having the fastest mobile data rates globally in mid-2018, and the company has also been chosen to manage one of the EU's key 5G development programs. The mobile broadband sector is set to develop further following the auction of spectrum in the 900MHz band in May 2018. Additional spectrum in the 700MHz band is expected to be made available for mobile broadband sue from November 2019.

This report introduces Norway's telecom market, providing statistics and an overview of the regulatory environment, the fixed network operators and their services, and telecom infrastructure. The report also profiles the fixed and wireless broadband operators and assesses developments in related technologies such as Broadband Powerline, wireless broadband, and internet via satellite. In addition, the report covers the mobile voice and data markets, providing statistics on the main operators, a review of the key regulatory issues, and a snapshot of the consumer market for services such as SMS, mobile TV and mobile broadband.

Key developments:

Telia Company acquires Get and TDC Norway;

Telenor exits central European markets;

Regulator recommends measures to reduce dependence on Telenor's network;

Telenor undergoes organisational restructure; sells its Central and Eastern European businesses;

Telenor to phase out PSTN infrastructure by 2025;

Smart grid updates;

Telenor lays submarine cable in the Lofoten Islands;

Telenor and NextGenTel pursue technology;

Municipalities access EU-funded public Wi-Fi scheme;

Regulator makes progress in 700MHz and 2.1GHz licensing scheduled for 2019;

Telenor Group assigned to manage a major European 5G project, sets up a second IoT lab;

Telia Norway and Telenor secure 900MHz spectrum in May 2018 auction;

Telenor partners with Huawei to trial 5G technologies;

Telia achieves speeds of 1Gb/s on its LTE infrastructure;

Telenor looks to VoLTE as it aims to close its 2G and 3G networks by 2025

Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.


Companies mentioned in this report:

Telenor, Telia, Tele2, BaneTele, NextGenTel, Telio, Lyse, NetCom, Nordisk Mobiltelefon, Mobile Norway, Teletopia.


Table Of Content


1. Key statistics

2. Telecommunications market

2.1 Market analysis

3. Regulatory environment

3.1 Historic overview

3.2 Regulatory authority

3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Norway

3.4 Privatisation

3.5 Interconnect

3.6 Access

3.7 Number Portability (NP)

3.8 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)

4. Fixed network operators

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Telenor

4.2.1 International operations

4.3 Telia Norway

4.4 NextGenTel (Telio)

4.5 Tele2

4.6 BaneTele

5. Telecommunications infrastructure

5.1 Overview of the national telecom network

5.2 NGN

5.3 International infrastructure

5.3.1 Submarine cable networks

5.3.2 Satellite networks

5.4 Cloud services

5.5 Smart infrastructure

5.5.1 Smart grids

5.6 Wholesale

6. Broadband market

6.1 Introduction and statistical overview

6.1.1 Government support

6.1.2 Broadband statistics

6.1.3 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

6.3.1 Telenor

6.3.2 NextGenTel

6.3.3 Other DSL developments

6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks

6.4.1 Utilities

6.4.2 Telenor

6.4.3 Other developments

6.5 Other fixed broadband services

6.5.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)

6.5.2 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)

7. Mobile communications

7.1 Market analysis

7.2 Mobile statistics

7.2.1 General statistics

7.2.2 Mobile voice

7.2.3 Mobile data

7.2.4 Mobile broadband

7.3 Regulatory issues

7.3.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions

7.3.2 Roaming

7.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

7.3.4 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)

7.4 Mobile infrastructure

7.4.1 Analogue networks

7.4.2 Digital networks

7.4.3 Other infrastructure developments

7.5 Major mobile operators

7.5.1 Telenor Mobil

7.5.2 Telia

7.5.3 Mobile Norway

7.5.4 Teletopia

7.5.5 Ice

7.5.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)

7.6 Mobile content and applications

7.6.1 Location-based services

7.6.2 M-commerce

7.6.3 Mobile TV

Exhibit 1 3G beauty contest licence results in Norway 2000; 2003; 2007

Exhibit 2 Multi-spectrum auction results Dec 2013

List Of Figure

Chart 1 Revenue by sector 2003 2017

Chart 2 Proportion of turnover by sector 2005 2017

Chart 3 Telenor fixed-line financial data (Norway) 2008 2018

Chart 4 Telenor Group financial data 2007 2018

Chart 5 Telenor fixed subscribers 2009 2018

Chart 6 Fixed lines in service and penetration 2000 2018

Chart 7 Telenor wholesale lines PSTN, DSL, LLU 2004 2016

Chart 8 Broadband market revenue by platform 2008 2017

Chart 9 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 2018

Chart 10 Fixed broadband subscribers by platform 2003 2019

Chart 11 Broadband market share by technology 2006 2017

Chart 12-Telenor retail broadband subscribers and local loops 2005-2018

Chart 13 Mobile revenue by service 2008 2017

Chart 14 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2002-2019

Chart 15 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2005 2017

Chart 16 Telenor Mobil financial data 2005 2018

Chart 17 Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid 2004 2018

Chart 18 Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid 2002 2018

List Of Table

List of Tables

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities-Norway 2018 (e)

Table 2 Total telecom revenue 2004-2017

Table 3 Fixed-line traffic in minutes (PSTN/ISDN) 2008-2017

Table 4 Revenue by sector 2003-2017

Table 5 Proportion of turnover by sector 2005-2017

Table 6 Number of telecom providers by sector 2004-2015

Table 7 Voice lines by type 2008-2017

Table 8 Telecom sector investment by platform 2012-2017

Table 9 Residential CPS and resale subscribers 2007-2015

Table 10 Business CPS and resale subscribers 2007-2015

Table 11 Operators' share of fixed-line traffic 2010-2015

Table 12 Fixed-telephony revenue (PSTN/ISDN) 2008-2017

Table 13 Operators' share of fixed-telephony revenue 2002-2017

Table 14 Telenor fixed-line financial data (Norway) 2008-2018

Table 15 Telenor Group financial data 2007-2018

Table 16 Telenor fixed-line subscribers 2009 2018

Table 17 Telia Norway revenue 2004-2018

Table 18 Telia Norway revenue by service 2006 2018

Table 19 Telia Norway subscriber statistics 2005-2018

Table 20 NextGenTel Holding financial data 2012-2018

Table 21 NextGenTel Holding revenue by sector 2015-2018

Table 22 Telio Norway financial data (historic) 2012-2014

Table 23 Telio Norway subscribers by sector (historic) 2012-2014

Table 24 NextGenTel subscribers by sector 2011-2017

Table 25 NextGenTel subscribers by organisational sector 2017-2018

Table 26 Tele2 subscribers by sector (historic) 2007-2014

Table 27 Tele2 financial data by sector (historic) 2007-2014

Table 28 Historic-Fixed lines in service and penetration 2000-2009

Table 29 Fixed lines in service and penetration 2010-2018

Table 30 Proportion of households with a fixed-line 2005-2018

Table 31 International internet bandwidth 2005-2016

Table 32 Telenor wholesale lines PSTN, DSL, LLU 2004-2016

Table 33 Broadband market revenue 2003 2017

Table 34 Broadband market revenue by platform 2008 2017

Table 35 Historic-Internet users and penetration rate 1995-2009

Table 36 Internet users and penetration rate 2010-2018

Table 37 Historic-Fixed broadband subscribers 1999-2009

Table 38 Fixed broadband subscribers by platform 2010-2019

Table 39 Annual net adds in broadband connections, by type 2008-2017

Table 40 Broadband market share by technology 2006-2017

Table 41 Superfast broadband market share of subscribers by operator 2011-2017

Table 42 Broadband penetration by technology 2004-2017

Table 43 Residential broadband connections by downstream access speed 2013-2017

Table 44 Proportion of residential broadband connections above 100Mb/s 2014-2017

Table 45 Forecast broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023

Table 46 Cable subscribers 1999-2017

Table 47 Market share of cable broadband subscribers by provider 2011-2015

Table 48 Get cable broadband revenue 2015-2018

Table 49 Get cable broadband subscribers 2013-2018

Table 50 DSL subscribers 2000-2017

Table 51 Market share of DSL subscribers by provider 2013-2015

Table 52 Telenor retail broadband subscribers and local loops 2005-2018

Table 53 Telio broadband revenue (historic) 2007-2013

Table 54 Telio broadband ARPU (historic) 2006-2013

Table 55 NextGenTel broadband subscribers 2006-2016

Table 56 Share of fast broadband connections by provider 2015-2017

Table 57 Fibre broadband share by operator 2015-2017

Table 58 Fibre broadband subscribers (retail) 2003-2017

Table 59 Mobile revenue 2002-2017

Table 60 Mobile revenue by service 2008-2017

Table 61 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995; 1997; 1999-2009

Table 62 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010-2019

Table 63 Mobile voice traffic 2004-2019

Table 64 Prepaid share of mobile subscribers 1999; 2005-2017

Table 65 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2005-2017

Table 66 Telenor Mobile (Norway) contract and prepaid subscribers 2001-2018

Table 67 Market share of mobile subscribers by main provider 2010-2017

Table 68 Revenue market share by provider 2010-2017

Table 69 Historic-Annual SMS sent 1999-2009

Table 70 Annual SMS sent 2010-2017

Table 71 Revenue from SMS services 2010-2016

Table 72 MMS messages sent 2004-2017

Table 73 Standard mobile broadband subscribers 2007-2019

Table 74 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2008-2018

Table 75 Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by provider 2013-2017

Table 76 Mobile data traffic 2013-2017

Table 77 Average mobile data traffic per subscriber 2010-2015

Table 78 Mobile data revenue 2004-2017

Table 79 European roaming charges 2007 2016

Table 80 MNP net gains/losses by operator 2016-2017

Table 81 M2M SIM cards in use 2006-2017

Table 82 M2M SIM revenue by provider 2013-2017

Table 83 Revenue from M2M services 2012-2017

Table 84 Telenor Mobil mobile subscribers 2000-2018

Table 85 Telenor Mobil financial data 2005 2018

Table 86 Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid 2004-2018

Table 87 Telia mobile subscribers 2002-2018

Table 88 Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid 2002-2018

Table 89 Telia mobile service revenue 2015-2018

Table 90 Mobile Norway (Tele2) subscribers by sector (historic) 2007-2014

Table 91 Mobile Norway (Tele2) financial data by sector (historic) 2007-2014

Table 92 Ice Group financial data 2013-2018

Table 93 Ice Norway financial data 2013-2018

Table 94 Ice Norway mobile subscribers 2015-2017

Table 95 MVNO subscribers 2014-2017: Ken Research

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