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Norway - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

Norway - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

Tele2 exits Norway as TeliaSonera strengthens

In common with other Scandinavian countries, Norway has one of Europe’s highest rates for broadband and mobile penetration. It also has a developed digital TV sector, having been one of the first countries in the region to switch to digital broadcasting. Although not a member of the European Union, its telecoms sector is synchronised with relevant EC legislation. Telenor remains the dominant operator in all sectors, though there is vibrant competition from other players, particularly TeliaSonera which has increased its market share by acquiring the operations of Tele2. The government in early 2015 secured approval from political parties for its plan to the state’s holding in Telenor from 54% to 34%, though no timetable has yet been issued.

The mobile market is dominated by the triopoly of Telenor Mobile, TeliaSonera’s NetCom and the joint venture Mobile Norway. Services from these operators are supplemented by those from a growing number of MVNOs. A new entrant, branded as Ice.net and owned by AINMT Holdings, secured spectrum at auction in December 2013. The market is well advanced in LTE developments, with both Telenor and NetCom spearheading networks in the region.

The broadband market is moving towards faster cable services based on upgraded networks, as well as fibre, with the result that the number of DSL subscribers is falling steadily. Telenor and NextGenTel/Telio are the leading ISPs, though a number of smaller operators and resellers are also active. Mobile broadband has also become a key development, with the country’s LTE networks particularly effective in remote and rural areas.

Key developments:

Competition authority approves TeliaSonera’s acquisition of Tele2’s Norwegian business;
Government plans to sell 20% stake in Telenor receives political backing;
Regulator rebranded as Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom);
Telenor phases out PSTN infrastructure, signs five-year framework agreement with ZTE;
Thor 7 satellite prepares for launch;
Telenor realigns operating divisions;
Regulator consults on implications for DTTV if the 700MHz bans is assigned for mobile broadband; SMS traffic falls for the first time through smartphone messaging alternatives;
MNOs set up m-commerce joint venture;

Report includes regulator’s market data to June 2014; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2014; recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telenor Mobil, NetCom, Mobile Norway, Teletopia, Tele2, Telenor, TeliaSonera, BaneTele, NextGenTel, Lyse, NetCom, Nordisk Mobiltelefon, ViaSat, Canal Digital, Get, Telio


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF NORWAY'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table Total telecom revenue - 2004 - 2015
      • Table Fixed-line traffic in minutes - 2004 - 2015
      • Table Revenue by sector - 2003 - 2014
      • Table Proportion of turnover by sector - 2005 - 2014
      • Table Number of telecom providers by sector - 2004 - 2014
      • Table Voice lines by type - 2006 - 2014
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORY
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN NORWAY
      • Privatisation of Telenor
      • Interconnect
      • Access
      • Number portability (NP)
      • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
        • Table Residential CPS and resale subscribers - 2007 - 2012
        • Table Business CPS and resale subscribers - 2007 - 2012
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF OPERATORS
      • Table Operators' share of fixed-line traffic - 2010 - 2014
      • Table Share of fixed-telephony revenue by operator - 2002 - 2014
    • TELENOR
      • Table Telenor fixed-line financial data (Norway) - 2008 - 2014
      • Table Telenor Group financial data - 2007 - 2014
      • Table Telenor fixed subscribers - 2009 - 2014
      • International operations
    • TELIASONERA
      • Table TeliaSonera (Norway) revenue - 2006 - 2014
      • Table TeliaSonera subscriber statistics - 2005 - 2014
    • TELIO HOLDING
      • Table Telio Holding financial data - 2012 - 2014
      • Table Telio Norway financial data - 2012 - 2014
      • Table Telio Norway subscribers by sector - 2012 - 2014
      • Table NextGenTel subscribers by sector - 2011 - 2014
    • TELE2
      • Table Tele2 subscribers by sector - 2007 - 2014
      • Table Tele2 financial data by sector - 2007 - 2014
    • BANETELE
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service and penetration - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Fixed lines - PSTN/ISDN (historic) - 2000 - 2014
    • IP MIGRATION
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • SMART GRIDS
    • WHOLESALING
      • Table Telenor wholesale lines - PSTN, DSL, LLU - 2004 - 2014
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Broadband market revenue - 2003 - 2015
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers - 1999 - 2014
        • Table Annual net adds in broadband connections, by type - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Broadband market share by technology - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2011 - 2014
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Residential broadband connections by access speed - 2013 - 2014
      • Government support
    • CABLE MODEMS
      • Table Get financial data (historic) - 2008 - 2009
      • Table Cable subscribers - 1999 - 2014
      • Table Market share of cable broadband subscribers by provider - 2011 - 2014
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Overview
        • Table ADSL subscribers - 2000 - 2015
      • Telenor
        • Table Telenor retail broadband subscribers and local loops - 2005 - 2014
      • NextGenTel
        • Table NextGenTel broadband revenue (historic) - 2007 - 2013
        • Table NextGenTel broadband ARPU (historic) - 2006 - 2013
        • Table NextGenTel broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2014
      • Other DSL developments
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Overview
        • Table Fibre broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2015
      • Utilities
      • Telenor
      • Other developments
    • BROADBAND POWERLINE (BPL)
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Overview
      • Wireless broadband 2.3GHz band
      • Wireless LANs
        • Table WLAN subscribers (historic) - 2000 - 2007
      • WiFi
      • WiMAX
      • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Mobile broadband data traffic and revenue - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Nordisk Mobiltelefon mobile broadband subscribers (historic) - 2006 - 2008
        • Table Historic - Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by provider - 2010 - 2013
        • Table Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by provider - 2012 - 2014
      • Internet via satellite
    • E-HEALTH
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2013; 2015; 2020
      • higher broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario - 2013; 2015; 2020
      • lower broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - lower market growth scenario - 2013; 2015; 2020
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • OVERVIEW OF DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Key general trends
      • Business models
      • Regulatory issues
      • VoIP
        • Table Fixed subscriptions - VoIP, cable - 2000 - 2014
        • Table VoIP revenue - 2006 - 2014
        • Table VoIP traffic and market share - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Telenor VoIP subscribers - 2005 - 2010
        • Table NextGenTel VoIP subscribers - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Proportion of households with VoIP - 2003 - 2014
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Table Share of pay TV subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2014
      • Table Broadcasting revenue - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Broadcasting revenue by sector - 2009 - 2014
      • Table Proportion of broadcasting revenue by sector - 2009 - 2014
      • Table Share of TV reception by type - 2007 - 2014
      • Table Pay TV subscribers by type - 2007 - 2014
      • Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
      • Broadband (IPTV)
        • Table IPTV (fibre and DSL) subscribers - 2008 - 2015
        • Table IPTV market share of subscribers by main operators - 2010 - 2014
      • Cable TV (CATV)
        • Table CATV subscribers - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Telenor cable subscribers (Norway) - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Cable TV market share of subscribers by operator - 2011 - 2014
      • Satellite TV
        • Table Satellite TV revenue - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Canal Digital satellite subscribers - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Canal Digital DTH financial data - 2009 - 2014
        • Table ViaSat DTH subscriber statistics (Nordics) - 2007 - 2014
        • Table ViaSat revenue (Nordics) - 2006 - 2014
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
        • Table DTTV revenue - 2007 - 2014
        • Table DTTV (pay) subscribers - 2009 - 2014
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF NORWAY'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Table Mobile revenue - 2002 - 2015
      • Table Mobile revenue by service - 2008 - 2014
      • Table Mobile revenue per subscriber and per minute - 2001 - 2013
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Mobile traffic - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Mobile calls made - 2010 - 2015
      • Operator market shares
        • Table Market share of subscribers by provider - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Revenue market share by provider - 2010 - 2014
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table 3G beauty contest licence results in Norway - 2000; 2003; 2007
        • Table Multi-spectrum auction results - Dec 2013
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2014
      • Number portability
        • Table Average mobile number portings (historic) - 2005 - 2009
      • Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Analogue
      • Digital
        • Table Nordisk Mobiltelefon financial data (historic) - 2006 - 2008
        • Table Nordisk Mobiltelefon subscribers (Norway, historic) - 2006 - 2010
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telenor Mobil
        • Table Telenor Mobil - subscribers, prepaid, SMS and market share - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Telenor Mobil financial data - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid - 2004 - 2014
      • NetCom
        • Table NetCom subscribers - 2002 - 2014
        • Table NetCom ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid - 2002 - 2014
        • Table NetCom revenue - 2004 - 2014
      • Mobile Norway
        • Table Mobile Norway (Tele2) subscribers by sector - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Mobile Norway (Tele2) financial data by sector - 2007 - 2014
      • Teletopia
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • PREPAID
        • Table Prepaid share of mobile subscribers - 1999; 2005 - 2014
        • Table Prepaid and contract subscribers -2005 - 2014
        • Table Telenor Mobile (Norway) contract and prepaid subscribers - 2001 - 2014
    • MOBILE MESSAGING
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table Historic - Annual SMS sent - 1999 - 2004
        • Table Annual SMS sent - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Revenue per SMS sent - 2007 - 2013
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table MMS messages sent and annual change - 2004 - 2015
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Overview
        • Table Dedicated mobile broadband market share by subscribers - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Mobile data traffic - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Mobile data traffic revenue - 2004 - 2014
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • Enhanced data for GSM evolution (EDGE)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • Mobile TV
      • Femtocells
      • TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio)
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
        • Table M2M SIM cards in use - 2007 - 2014
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Location-based services
      • M-commerce
    • FORECASTS
      • Forecasts - mobile ARPU - 2009 - 2010; 2015
        • Table Forecast mobile ARPU - 2009 - 2010; 2015
      • Notes on scenario forecasts

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