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Iceland - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Iceland - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Iceland completes multi-band spectrum auction for LTE services

There is effective competition in Iceland's mobile and broadband markets, with a number of players having emerged to challenge the dominance of the two leading players Síminn and Vodafone Iceland. Vodafone Iceland in late 2017 secured regulatory approval for its acquisition of most of the telecoms and media interests of 365 Media, which has struggled in the telecoms sector in recent years. The new entrant Nova has become the leading player in the mobile market, and has quickly expanded its presence in the fixed-line segment.

The telecom market retained some resilience following the economic downturn of 2008, and it has continued to show solid growth in recent years, supported by continuing investment in mobile and fixed-line broadband infrastructure. The government has also supported Next Generation Access networks, particularly in rural areas.

Key developments:

Regulator concludes auction of spectrum in the 700MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands;
Capital Advisers acquires Nova;
Vodafone Iceland extends 500Mb/s FttP service to northern areas of Iceland;
Síminn's LTE network delivering data at up to 300Mb/s;
Vodafone Iceland secures regulatory approval for its acquisition of 365 Media businesses;
Regulator reduces MTRs effective from January 2018;
LTE licensees providing 99% population coverage.
Report update includes the regulator's annual report for 2017 and market data to December 2017, operator data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone Iceland, Síminn, Nova, Tal, 365 Media.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Iceland - 2017
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Telecom market revenue by sector - 2004 - 2017
      • Table Telecom market investment by sector - 2004 - 2017
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • PRIVATISATION
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Fixed number portings - 2013 - 2016
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
  • FIXED-NETWORK OPERATORS
    • SÍMINN
      • Table Skipti financial data - 2006 - 2017
    • VODAFONE ICELAND
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed-line access channels: PSTN and ISDN - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed-line access channels: PSTN and ISDN - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-line (PSTN) subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2016
      • Table Fixed-line subscriber market share by operator - 2006 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-line traffic (PSTN/ISDN) - 2000 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-line revenue - 2007 - 2017
    • VOIP
      • Table VoIP subscribers - 2006 - 2017
      • Table IP phone subscribers - 2007 - 2017
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Table International internet bandwidth - 2001 - 2016
  • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Dial-up internet calls - 2007 - 2017
      • Table Internet and data revenue - 2007 - 2017
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Total broadband subscribers - 2001 - 2017
        • Table Broadband penetration by access type - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Annual growth in DSL and fibre lines - 2001 - 2017
        • Table Broadband subscribers by operator - 2008 - 2017
      • Government policies
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • FIXED-LINE BROADBAND TECHNOLOGIES
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
        • Table DSL subscribers by operator - 2004 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of broadband connections by speed (Mb/s) - 2015 - 2017
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
        • Table Fibre subscribers by operator - 2005 - 2017
      • Other fixed broadband services
        • Table Satellite broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2017
        • Table Wireless broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2017
      • Videostreaming
        • Table IPTV subscriptions by platform - 2013 - 2017
        • Table IPTV subscriptions by provider - 2013 - 2017
  • MOBILE MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1997; 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile voice subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2019
        • Table Mobile market share of voice subscribers by operator- 2006 - 2017
        • Table Mobile voice traffic - 2000 - 2017
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers: analogue and GSM - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2012
        • Table Mobile voice subscribers by operator (regulator data) - 2005 - 2017
        • Table Mobile services revenue - 2007 - 2017
        • Table Prepaid and contract market subscribers - 2000 - 2017
        • Table Prepaid subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2017
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Analogue networks
      • Digital networks
        • Table Active mobile phone cards by type - 2006 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of active GMS and UMTS cards - 2008 - 2017
    • M2M NETWORKS
      • Table M2M subscriptions - 2013 - 2017
      • Mobile data services
        • Table Mobile data traffic by operator - 2008 - 2017
        • Table Mobile data traffic by type - 2008 - 2017
        • Table Mobile data-only subscribers - 2009 - 2017
        • Table Total SMS traffic by operator - 2000 - 2017
        • Table Total MMS traffic by operator - 2007 - 2017
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by operator (voice and data) - 2009 - 2017
        • Table Mobile broadband data only subscribers - 2014 - 2017
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2016
        • Table European roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
      • Network sharing
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Licensing
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Mobile numbers ported - 2013 - 2017
      • Spectrum auctions
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Table Vodafone Iceland financial data - 2012 - 2017
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNO)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
  • RELATED REPORTS

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