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

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

Sweden has a mature mobile market with a high proportion of subscribers on LTE networks. Trials of 5G among MNOs are ongoing, though real developments are expected in 2019 after the regulator makes available spectrum in the 3.4GHz to 3.6GHz range which was auctioned in October 2018. Services at launch will be among the first offered globally.

A significant proportion of mobile subscribers make use of mobile broadband as a viable alternative to fixed-line broadband services. The market has been enervated by greater consumer take-up for mobile data services as competition has forced down prices. With the closing down of the analogue network, spectrum in the 900MHz bands has been put to use for mobile services, while spectrum in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands is also providing MNOs with additional capabilities for their LTE networks. Additional spectrum, particularly in the 450MHz and 700MHz bands, has been made available. The government and regulator are working on strategies to improve broadband services nationally by 2025, and these are largely focussed on the provision of upgraded LTE and 5G technologies.

This report assesses key aspects of the Swedish mobile market, providing data on network operators and their strategies in a highly competitive environment. The report reviews the key regulatory issues, including MTRs, roaming and licence conditions. It also covers spectrum licences and auctions, as well as developments in technologies including LTE and 5G.

Key developments:

Hi3G contracts Ericsson to upgrade network and prepare for 5G, secures remaining block of spectrum in the 1800MHz band;
Regulator calls for underused 3.4-3.8GHz licenses to be redistributed for 5G in 2019;
Tele2 and Telia to phase out 3G services by 2025;
Hi3G and Telia using NB-IoT networks for smart metering programs;
Telenor launches tri-band LTE to provide data at up to 450Mb/s;
Telia trials LTE providing up to 757Mb/s, contracts Ericsson for M2M platform;
MNOs launch mobile wallet service joint venture;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia Company, Tele2, Hi3G Sweden, Telenor Sweden, Net 1


  • SYNOPSIS
  • MARKET ANALYSIS
  • MOBILE STATISTICS
    • GENERAL STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2019
      • Table Historic - GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) –1999 - 2011
      • Table GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) –2012 - 2017
      • Table Subscriber distribution by technology – 2001 - 2017
      • Table Historic – Mobile voice and data revenue – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
      • Table Mobile voice and data revenue – 2010 - 2017
      • Table Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2001 - 2017
      • Table Average mobile traffic per subscriber – 2001 - 2017
      • Table Average mobile blended ARPU – 2000 - 2017
      • Table Historic - Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) –1995 - 2009
      • Table Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) –2010 - 2017
      • Table Active prepaid and contract subscribers – 2000- 2017
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • ANALOGUE
    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
      • Table LTE subscribers – 2010 - 2018
    • 3G
      • Table 3G/CDMA subscribers – 2014 - 2017
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Satellite mobile
    • M2M
      • Table M2M connections – 2008 - 2017
      • Table M2M revenue – 2008 - 2017
    • NB-IOT
  • MOBILE VOICE
  • MOBILE DATA
    • SHORT MESSAGE SERVICE (SMS)
      • Table Monthly SMS volumes per user – 2000 - 2017
      • Table Annual SMS volumes – 2000 - 2018
      • Table SMS revenue – 2011 – 2015
    • MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING SERVICE (MMS)
      • Table MMS messages sent – 2003 - 2018
      • Table MMS messaging revenue – 2011 - 2015
      • Table Monthly MMS volumes per user – 2006 - 2017
  • MOBILE BROADBAND
    • Table Mobile data services traffic – 2002 - 2017
    • Table Mobile data revenue – 2002 - 2015
    • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by type – 2006 - 2017
    • Table Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2018
    • Table Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2007 - 2016
  • FORECASTS – MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Table Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • REGULATORY ISSUES
    • SPECTRUM REGULATIONS AND SPECTRUM AUCTIONS
      • 450MHz
      • 700MHz
      • 800MHz
      • 900MHz
      • 1800MHz
      • 1.9GHz
      • 3.4-3.5GHz
      • 3.6-3.8GHz
      • 3.5-3.8GHz
      • 2.3GHz
      • 2.6GHz
      • 26.5-27.5GHz
      • 28GHz
    • ROAMING
      • Table European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
      • Table European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
    • MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY (MNP)
      • Table Annual mobile numbers ported – 2008 - 2018
    • MOBILE TERMINATION RATES (MTRS)
      • Table Mobile termination revenue traffic and revenue – 2000 - 2017
    • NETWORK SHARING
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • TELIA MOBILE
      • Table Telia Mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
      • Table Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU – 2002 - 2018
      • Table Telia Mobile mobile revenue – 2007 - 2018
    • TELE2 MOBILE
      • Table Tele2 mobile subscribers – 2004 - 2018
      • Table Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) mobile financial data – 2005 - 2018
    • TELENOR MOBILE
      • Table Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data – 2004 - 2018
      • Table Telenor Mobile Sweden subscribers – 2005 - 2018
      • Table Telenor blended mobile ARPU (Sweden) –2006 - 2018
    • NET4MOBILITY
    • HUTCHISON 3G SWEDEN
      • Table Hi3G registered subscribers – 2009 - 2018
      • Table Hi3G revenue (Sweden and Denmark) –2008 -2010
      • Table Hi3G revenue (Sweden) –2010 - 2018
      • Table Hi3G annualised net ARPU – 2008 - 2018
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK ENABLERS (MVNES)
  • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • LOCATION-BASED SERVICES
    • MOBILE MUSIC
    • OTHER DEVELOPMENTS
    • M-PAYMENTS
  • RELATED REPORTS

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