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Norway - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses


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Norway's mobile market is dominated by Telenor Mobil and Telia (formerly NetCom before being rebranded in March 2016). The joint venture Mobile Norway was part-owned by Tele2 until the failure of Tele2 to secure spectrum at auction in December 2013 led the company to sell its Norwegian operations. This directly benefitted the new entrant Ice.net, owned by AINMT Holdings, which did secure spectrum at auction and which gained Network Norway's customer base as part of the deal enforced by the telecom regulator. Voice and data services from these operators are supplemented by those from a growing number of MVNOs.

The market is well advanced in LTE developments, with both Telenor and Telia spearheading networks in the region. Both operators are looking to close down their 3G and 2G networks (by 2020 and 2025 respectively), focussing instead of developing LTE and the forthcoming 5G technologies, while providing mobile voice using VoLTE. Telia offers an LTE-A service providing 300Mb/s to about 1.5 million Norwegians, while it has also achieved 1Gb/s data rates using quad-band carrier aggregation technology as a precursor to 5G.

There has been further consolidation in the mobile market, with Telia acquiring Phonero in November 2016 (paying NOK2.3 billion) and in the process increasing its market share to around 27%. The deal secured regulatory approval in April 2017 and by April 2018 customers had been migrated to Telia's network.

The mobile broadband sector is set to improve further following the anticipated auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 900MHz bands later in 2017. Additional spectrum in a range of bands is anticipated at the end of 2018,

This report profiles Norway's mobile voice and data market, 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:

Regulator to auction several spectrum bands in Q4 2018;
Telenor partners with Huawei to trial 5G technologies;
Telia achieves speeds of 1Gb/s on its LTE infrastructure;
Regulator expecting to auction 700MHz spectrum by end-2018;
Telenor looks to VoLTE as it aims to close down its 2G and 3G networks by 2025;
Telia completes merger with Phonero
Report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telenor Mobil, Telia (NetCom), Mobile Norway, Teletopia, Tele2.


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.3 Mobile data
3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
3.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
3.4 Mobile broadband
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
4.1.1 GSM
4.1.2 3G
4.1.3 2.3GHz
4.1.4 2.5 - 2.6GHz
4.1.5 2GHz
4.1.6 1.8GHz.
4.1.7 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz
4.1.8 1800MHz
4.1.9 900MHz
4.1.10 700MHz
4.1.11 Other spectrum
4.2 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.3 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Analogue networks
5.2 Digital networks
5.2.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
5.2.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.2.3 5G developments
5.3 Other infrastructure developments
5.3.1 Internet of Things (IoT)
5.3.2 Machine-to-Machine (M2M) networks
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Telenor Mobil
6.1.1 Network contracts
6.2 Telia
6.3 Mobile Norway
6.4 Teletopia
6.5 Ice
6.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Location-based services
7.2 M-commerce
7.3 Mobile TV
8. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile revenue 2002 - 2017
Table 2 Mobile revenue by service 2008 - 2017
Table 3 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 4 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 5 Mobile voice traffic 2004 - 2018
Table 6 Prepaid share of mobile subscribers 1999; 2005 - 2016
Table 7 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 8 Telenor Mobile (Norway) contract and prepaid subscribers 2001 - 2018
Table 9 Market share of mobile subscribers by main provider 2010 - 2017
Table 10 Revenue market share by provider 2010 - 2016
Table 11 Historic - Annual SMS sent 1999 - 2009
Table 12 Annual SMS sent 2010 - 2017
Table 13 Revenue from SMS services 2010 - 2016
Table 14 MMS messages sent 2004 - 2017
Table 15 Standard mobile broadband subscribers 2007 - 2018
Table 16 Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2008 - 2018
Table 17 Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by provider 2013 - 2015
Table 18 Mobile data traffic 2013 - 2017
Table 19 Average mobile data traffic per subscriber 2010 - 2015
Table 20 Mobile data revenue 2004 - 2017
Table 22 LTE population and area coverage 2014 - 2016
Table 23 M2M SIM cards in use 2006 - 2017
Table 24 M2M SIM revenue by provider 2013 - 2017
Table 25 Revenue from M2M services 2012 - 2017
Table 26 Telenor Mobil mobile subscribers 2001 - 2018
Table 27 Telenor Mobil financial data 2005 2018
Table 28 Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid 2004 - 2018
Table 29 Telia mobile subscribers 2002 - 2018
Table 30 Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid 2002 - 2018
Table 31 Telia mobile service revenue 2015 - 2018
Table 32 Mobile Norway (Tele2) subscribers by sector (historic) 2007 - 2014
Table 33 Mobile Norway (Tele2) financial data by sector (historic) 2007 - 2014
Table 34 Ice Group financial data 2013 - 2018
Table 35 Ice Norway financial data 2013 - 2018
Table 36 Ice Norway mobile subscribers 2015 - 2017
Table 37 MVNO subscribers 2014 - 2017
Chart 1 Mobile revenue by service 2008 2017
Chart 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2002 - 2018
Chart 3 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2005 2017
Chart 4 Telenor Mobil financial data 2005 2018
Chart 5 Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid 2004 2018
Chart 6 Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid 2002 2018
Exhibit 1 3G beauty contest licence results in Norway 2000; 2003; 2007
Exhibit 2 Multi-spectrum auction results Dec 2013

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