Norway - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
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. Telia increased its market share by acquiring the operations of Tele2 and in April 2017 it secured regulatory approval for its acquisition of the smaller mobile operator Phonero. This report introduces the key elements of Norway's telecom market, providing statistics and an overview of the regulatory environment, the fixed network operators and their services, and telecom infrastructure.
Regulator recommends measures to reduce dependence on Telenor's network; Telenor undergoes organisational restructure; preps for sale of its 33% interest in VEON; TeliaSonera renames local mobile unit NetCom as Telia; mobile services accounting for 62% of total sector revenue; Telenor phases out PSTN infrastructure; Thor 7 satellite launched, Thor 2 de-orbited; smart grid updates; Telenor lays submarine cable in the Lofoten Islands; report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.