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Norway - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


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Norway - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Norway’s ISPs trial G.fast to complement fibre networks

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. 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 and established players. Consolidation among operators has seen TeliaSonera increase its market share by acquiring the operations of Tele2, and renaming its local mobile division Netcom as Telia in March 2016, while NextGenTel Holding now incorporates Telio.

Norway’s broadband penetration rate is among the highest in Europe, the result government and telco efforts to migrate subscribers to superfast broadband services provided by fibre networks, VDSL and upgraded cable infrastructure. The leading ISPs Telenor and NextGenTel have trialled G.fast technology with a view to a commercial launch of services by the end of 2016.

The mobile market is dominated by Telenor Mobil and TeliaSonera’s rebranded Telia division (formerly Netcom before being rebranded in March 2016). The joint venture Mobile Norway was part-owned by Tele2 until Tele2’s failure 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.

This report introduces the key elements of Norway’s telecom market, providing updated statistics and an overview of the regulatory environment, the fixed network operators and their services, and telecom infrastructure. The report also details the fixed and wireless broadband markets, including developments in a range of technologies and forecasts to 2021. In addition, the report covers the digital media sector as well as 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 mobile data services.

Key developments:

Canal Digital merged with Telenor Norway;
Thor 7 satellite launched, Thor 2 de-orbited;
Telia, rebranded from NetCom, achieves speeds of 1Gb/s on its LTE infrastructure;
Telenor looks to VoLTE as it aims to close down its 2G and 3G networks by 2025;
MNOs set up m-commerce joint venture;
Telenor’s LTE network to reach 99% population coverage by 2017;
Telenor and NextGenTel trial G.fast technology;
Broadband sector shows continuing steady revenue growth;
Altibox launches mobile broadband;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2015, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.
Telecom market revenue increased 2% in H1 2015;
Telenor phases out PSTN infrastructure;

Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2015, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telenor, TeliaSonera, Tele2, BaneTele, NextGenTel, Telio, Lyse, NetCom, Nordisk Mobiltelefon, Telenor Mobil, Telia (NetCom), Mobile Norway, Teletopia.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2015 (H1)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2015
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Total telecom revenue - 2004 - 2016
      • Table Fixed-line traffic in minutes - 2004 - 2016
      • Table Revenue by sector - 2003 - 2015
      • Table Proportion of turnover by sector - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Number of telecom providers by sector - 2004 - 2015
      • Table Voice lines by type - 2006 - 2015
      • Table Telecom sector investment by type - 2012 - 2014
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN NORWAY
      • Privatisation of Telenor
    • INTERCONNECT
    • ACCESS
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Residential CPS and resale subscribers - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Business CPS and resale subscribers - 2007 - 2015
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
      • Table Operators' share of fixed-line traffic - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Share of fixed-telephony revenue by operator - 2002 - 2015
    • TELENOR
      • Table Telenor fixed-line financial data (Norway) - 2008 - 2015
      • Table Telenor Group financial data - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Telenor fixed-line subscribers - 2009 - 2015
      • International operations
    • TELIASONERA
      • Table TeliaSonera (Norway) financial data - 2012 - 2015
      • Table TeliaSonera (Norway) revenue by service - 2006 - 2015
      • Table TeliaSonera subscriber statistics - 2005 - 2015
    • NEXTGENTEL (TELIO)
      • Table NextGenTel Holding financial data - 2012 - 2015
      • Table Telio Norway financial data (historic) - 2012 - 2014
      • Table Telio Norway subscribers by sector (historic) - 2012 - 2014
      • Table NextGenTel subscribers by sector - 2011 - 2015
    • TELE2
      • Table Tele2 subscribers by sector (historic) - 2007 - 2014
      • Table Tele2 financial data by sector (historic) - 2007 - 2014
    • BANETELE
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and penetration - 2010 - 2016
      • Table Fixed lines - PSTN/ISDN - 2000 - 2015
      • Table Proportion of households with a fixed-line - 2005 - 2015
    • NGN
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart grids
    • WHOLESALE
      • Table Telenor wholesale lines - PSTN, DSL, LLU - 2004 - 2015
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Broadband market revenue - 2003 - 2015
      • Government support
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1995 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Annual net adds in broadband connections, by type - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Broadband market share by technology - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Superfast broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2011 - 2015
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Residential broadband connections by access speed - 2013 - 2015
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario - 2013; 2015; 2020
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable subscribers - 1999 - 2015
      • Table Market share of cable broadband subscribers by provider - 2011 - 2015
      • Table Get cable broadband revenue - 2013 - 2015
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Introduction
        • Table DSL subscribers - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Market share of cable broadband subscribers by provider - 2013 - 2015
      • Telenor
        • Table Telenor retail broadband subscribers and local loops - 2005 - 2015
      • NextGenTel
        • Table Telio broadband revenue (historic) - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Telio broadband ARPU (historic) - 2006 - 2013
        • Table NextGenTel broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2015
      • Other DSL developments
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Introduction
        • Table Fibre broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2015
      • Utilities
      • Telenor
      • Other developments
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • OVERVIEW
    • INTRODUCTION
    • BUNDLED SERVICES
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP
      • Table Fixed subscriptions - VoIP, cable - 2000 - 2015
      • Table VoIP revenue - 2006 - 2015
      • Table VoIP traffic and market share - 2005 - 2014
      • Table Telenor VoIP subscribers (historic) - 2005 - 2010
      • Table NextGenTel VoIP subscribers - 2007 - 2015
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Table Share of pay TV subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Broadcasting revenue - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Broadcasting revenue by sector - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Proportion of broadcasting revenue by sector - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Share of TV reception by type - 2007 - 2015
      • Table Pay TV subscribers by type - 2007 - 2015
      • CATV
        • Table CATV subscribers - 2008 - 2016
        • Table Telenor cable subscribers (Norway) - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Cable TV market share of subscribers by operator - 2011 - 2015
      • Satellite TV
        • Table Satellite TV revenue - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2007 - 2015
      • Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
        • Table DTTV revenue - 2007 - 2015
        • Table DTTV (pay) subscribers - 2009 - 2014
      • Get
      • Canal Digital
        • Table Canal Digital satellite subscribers - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Canal Digital DTH financial data - 2009 - 2015
      • ViaSat
        • Table ViaSat DTH subscriber statistics (Nordics) - 2007 - 2015
        • Table ViaSat revenue (Nordics) - 2006 - 2015
      • Telenor
      • Videostreaming
        • Table IPTV (fibre and DSL) subscribers - 2008 - 2015
        • Table IPTV market share of subscribers by main operators - 2010 - 2015
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • E-HEALTH
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Mobile revenue - 2002 - 2016
      • Table Mobile revenue by service - 2008 - 2015
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Mobile voice traffic - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Mobile calls made - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Prepaid share of mobile subscribers - 1999; 2005 - 2016
        • Table Prepaid and contract subscribers -2005 - 2015
        • Table Telenor Mobile (Norway) contract and prepaid subscribers - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Market share of subscribers by main provider - 2010 - 2014
        • Table Revenue market share by provider - 2010 - 2015
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table Historic - Annual SMS sent - 1999 - 2009
        • Table Annual SMS sent - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Revenue per SMS sent - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Revenue from SMS services - 2012 - 2014
        • Table MMS messages sent and annual change - 2004 - 2016
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Standard mobile broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by provider - 2013 - 2015
        • Table Mobile data traffic - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Average mobile data traffic per subscriber - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Mobile data revenue - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Mobile broadband revenue - 2004 - 2016
    • 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 - 2016
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Analogue networks
      • Digital networks
        • Table LTE population and area coverage - June 2015
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M) networks
        • Table M2M SIM cards in use - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Revenue from M2M services - 2012 - 2014
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telenor Mobil
        • Table Telenor Mobil - mobile subscribers - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Telenor Mobil financial data - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid - 2004 - 2015
      • Telia
        • Table Telia mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Telia revenue - 2004 - 2015
      • Mobile Norway
        • Table Mobile Norway (Tele2) subscribers by sector (historic) - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Mobile Norway (Tele2) financial data by sector (historic) - 2007 - 2014
      • Teletopia
      • Ice
        • Table AIMNT (Ice) financial data - 2013 - 2015
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • Mobile TV
      • Femtocells
      • TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Location-based services
      • M-commerce

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