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Norway - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Norway - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Telenor expecting 5G to serve some rural areas for broadband
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. There remains considerable change among sector players, with Telia having increased its market share by acquiring the operations of Tele2 and Phonero and making a move into the fixed-line market by acquiring TDC’s units Get and TDC Norway in July 2018.
The broadband market has been supported by a technologically savvy populace as well as the efforts of providers to migrate subscribers to fast broadband services provided by fibre networks, VDSL and upgraded cable infrastructure. The leading ISPs Telenor and NextGenTel have also deployed services based on G.fast technology. The regulator has called on the government to help fund additional cable infrastructure to reduce the country’s dependence on Telenor’s networks, while recent regulator measures have enabled alternative operators to upgrade Telenor’s infrastructure in areas where they provide services.
The mobile market is dominated by Telenor Mobil and Telia, with Ice a distant third. The market is well advanced in LTE developments, with both Telenor and Telia spearheading networks in the region. Telenor was cited as having the fastest mobile data rates globally in mid-2018, and the company has also been chosen to manage one of the EU’s key 5G development programs. The mobile broadband sector is set to develop further following the auction of spectrum in the 900MHz band in May 2018. Additional spectrum in the 700MHz band is expected to be made available for mobile broadband sue from November 2019.
This report introduces Norway’s telecom market, providing statistics and an overview of the regulatory environment, the fixed network operators and their services, and telecom infrastructure. The report also profiles the fixed and wireless broadband operators and assesses developments in related technologies such as Broadband Powerline, wireless broadband, and internet via satellite. In addition, the report covers 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 services such as SMS, mobile TV and mobile broadband.

Key developments:

Telia Company acquires Get and TDC Norway;
Telenor exits central European markets;
Regulator recommends measures to reduce dependence on Telenor’s network;
Telenor undergoes organisational restructure; sells its Central and Eastern European businesses;
Telenor to phase out PSTN infrastructure by 2025;
Smart grid updates;
Telenor lays submarine cable in the Lofoten Islands;
Telenor and NextGenTel pursue G.fast technology;
Municipalities access EU-funded public Wi-Fi scheme;
Regulator makes progress in 700MHz and 2.1GHz licensing scheduled for 2019;
Telenor Group assigned to manage a major European 5G project, sets up a second IoT lab;
Telia Norway and Telenor secure 900MHz spectrum in May 2018 auction;
Telenor partners with Huawei to trial 5G technologies;
Telia achieves speeds of 1Gb/s on its LTE infrastructure;
Telenor looks to VoLTE as it aims to close its 2G and 3G networks by 2025
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telenor, Telia, Tele2, BaneTele, NextGenTel, Telio, Lyse, NetCom, Nordisk Mobiltelefon, Mobile Norway, Teletopia.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Norway – 2018 (e)
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Total telecom revenue – 2004 - 2017
      • Table Fixed-line traffic in minutes (PSTN/ISDN) –2008 - 2017
      • Table Revenue by sector – 2003 - 2017
      • Table Proportion of turnover by sector – 2005 - 2017
      • Table Number of telecom providers by sector – 2004 - 2015
      • Table Voice lines by type – 2008 - 2017
      • Table Telecom sector investment by platform – 2012 - 2017
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORIC OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN NORWAY
    • 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 Fixed-telephony revenue (PSTN/ISDN) –2008 - 2017
      • Table Operators' share of fixed-telephony revenue – 2002 - 2017
    • TELENOR
      • Table Telenor fixed-line financial data (Norway) –2008 - 2018
      • Table Telenor Group financial data – 2007 - 2018
      • Table Telenor fixed-line subscribers – 2009 – 2018
      • International operations
    • TELIA NORWAY
      • Table Telia Norway revenue – 2004 - 2018
      • Table Telia Norway revenue by service – 2006 – 2018
      • Table Telia Norway subscriber statistics – 2005 - 2018
    • NEXTGENTEL (TELIO)
      • Table NextGenTel Holding financial data – 2012 - 2018
      • Table NextGenTel Holding revenue by sector – 2015 - 2018
      • Table Telio Norway financial data (historic) –2012 - 2014
      • Table Telio Norway subscribers by sector (historic) –2012 - 2014
      • Table NextGenTel subscribers by sector – 2011 - 2017
      • Table NextGenTel subscribers by organisational sector – 2017 - 2018
    • 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 2000 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2010 - 2018
      • Table Proportion of households with a fixed-line – 2005 - 2018
    • NGN
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
        • Table International internet bandwidth – 2005 - 2016
    • CLOUD SERVICES
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Smart grids
    • WHOLESALE
      • Table Telenor wholesale lines – PSTN, DSL, LLU – 2004 - 2016
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Table Broadband market revenue – 2003 – 2017
      • Table Broadband market revenue by platform – 2008 – 2017
      • Government support
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers – 1999 - 2009
        • Table Fixed broadband subscribers by platform – 2010 - 2019
        • Table Annual net adds in broadband connections, by type – 2008 - 2017
        • Table Broadband market share by technology – 2006 - 2017
        • Table Superfast broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2011 - 2017
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2017
        • Table Residential broadband connections by downstream access speed – 2013 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of residential broadband connections above 100Mb/s – 2014 - 2017
      • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable subscribers – 1999 - 2017
      • Table Market share of cable broadband subscribers by provider – 2011 - 2015
      • Table Get cable broadband revenue – 2015 - 2018
      • Table Get cable broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2018
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2017
      • Table Market share of DSL subscribers by provider – 2013 - 2015
      • Telenor
        • Table Telenor retail broadband subscribers and local loops – 2005 - 2018
      • NextGenTel
        • Table Telio broadband revenue (historic) –2007 - 2013
        • Table Telio broadband ARPU (historic) –2006 - 2013
        • Table NextGenTel broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2016
      • Other DSL developments
        • Table Share of fast broadband connections by provider – 2015 - 2017
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Table Fibre broadband share by operator – 2015 - 2017
      • Table Fibre broadband subscribers (retail) –2003 - 2017
      • Utilities
      • Telenor
      • Other developments
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Mobile revenue – 2002 - 2017
      • Table Mobile revenue by service – 2008 - 2017
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2019
        • Table Mobile voice traffic – 2004 - 2019
        • Table Prepaid share of mobile subscribers – 1999; 2005 - 2017
        • Table Prepaid and contract subscribers –2005 - 2017
        • Table Telenor Mobile (Norway) contract and prepaid subscribers – 2001 - 2018
        • Table Market share of mobile subscribers by main provider – 2010 - 2017
        • Table Revenue market share by provider – 2010 - 2017
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table Historic - Annual SMS sent – 1999 - 2009
        • Table Annual SMS sent – 2010 - 2017
        • Table Revenue from SMS services – 2010 - 2016
        • Table MMS messages sent – 2004 - 2017
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Standard mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2019
        • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 - 2018
        • Table Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by provider – 2013 - 2017
        • Table Mobile data traffic – 2013 - 2017
        • Table Average mobile data traffic per subscriber – 2010 - 2015
        • Table Mobile data revenue – 2004 - 2017
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table MNP net gains/losses by operator – 2016 - 2017
      • Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Analogue networks
      • Digital networks
      • Other infrastructure developments
        • Table M2M SIM cards in use – 2006 - 2017
        • Table M2M SIM revenue by provider – 2013 - 2017
        • Table Revenue from M2M services – 2012 - 2017
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telenor Mobil
        • Table Telenor Mobil – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2018
        • Table Telenor Mobil financial data – 2005 – 2018
        • Table Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2004 - 2018
      • Telia
        • Table Telia mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
        • Table Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2002 - 2018
        • Table Telia mobile service revenue – 2015 - 2018
      • 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 Ice Group financial data – 2013 - 2018
        • Table Ice Norway financial data – 2013 - 2018
        • Table Ice Norway mobile subscribers – 2015 - 2017
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
        • Table MVNO subscribers – 2014 - 2017
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Location-based services
      • M-commerce
      • Mobile TV

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