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Sweden - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

Sweden - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

LTE customer base broaches 500,000, with most accessing at least 30Mb/s

Sweden’s telecom market has one of the most mature mobile and broadband sectors in Europe, with one of the best developed LTE infrastructures in the region and a high penetration of fibre broadband services. The country was also the first in Europe to complete the switch to digital TV broadcasting. The mobile sector has seen innovative spectrum use, with extensive network upgrades providing a significant proportion of subscribers with fast mobile broadband services. This report introduces the key aspects of the Swedish telecom market, providing data on fixed network services and profiling the main players. It also assesses the functional separation of the incumbent TeliaSonera and reviews the sale of Tele2’s domestic broadband and cable TV businesses to Telenor. In addition, the report overviews the key regulatory issues, including interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability, carrier preselection and NGN open access.

Sweden enjoys one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Europe, the result of effective government broadband policies and a population quick to adopt emerging technologies. DSL dominates broadband access, though Metro Ethernet and WLAN access are also available. The fibre sector is also among the most vibrant in the world, and Sweden now has among the largest number of fibre connections in Europe. Considerable investment in mobile networks has also made mobile broadband a fast-growing area, while the country is at the global forefront in developing mobile broadband based on LTE technology. This report examines Sweden’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, and also presents statistical broadband forecasts to 2020.

Considerable investments in ADSL2+ and fibre networks by Sweden’s telcos in recent years have provided the infrastructure for consumer adoption of bundled services. The largest cable TV operators, Com Hem and Kabelvision, have upgraded their networks to provide fast data services, which has led to customer some migration from DSL. Switchover to digital transmission was completed in late 2007, providing the government with the first opportunity in Europe to make use of the digital dividend for wireless broadband services. This report provides an overview of Sweden’s digital TV and converging media markets, including recent developments in VoD, triple play and VoIP services.

The mobile sector has benefited from one of Europe’s most developed markets for LTE services. A significant proportion of mobile subscribers now make use of LTE services, which for many customers provide a viable alternative to fixed-line broadband. 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 450MHz and 900MHz bands has been put to digital use to provide a national mobile broadband service. Spectrum in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands is also providing MNOs with additional capabilities for their LTE networks. This report provides statistics and analysis on the Swedish mobile market, including the key regulatory issues, the growth of mobile data services and forecasts for subscribers base and mobile ARPU to 2015.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2012
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2013 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2013 (Jun)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • OVERVIEW OF SWEDEN'S TELECOM MARKET
      • Table End-user revenue by service - 2001 - 2012
      • Table Historic - End-user revenue growth: fixed line, internet, mobile and mobile data – 1995 - 2004
      • Table End-user revenue growth: fixed line, internet, mobile and mobile data - 2005 - 2012
      • Table End-user traffic in minutes by technology - 2000 - 2013
      • Table Telecom revenue per household by sector - 2001 - 2012
      • Table Telecom revenue growth per household by sector - 2001 - 2011
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORY
    • REVISED NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • National Post and Telecom Agency
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION IN SWEDEN
      • Table TeliaSonera wholesale lines, PSTN, LLU - 2005 - 2013
      • Privatisation of Telia
      • Interconnect
        • Table Interconnect minutes and revenue from fixed networks - 2006 - 2012
      • Access
      • Number Portability (NP)
        • Table Annual fixed number portings - 2002 - 2013
      • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
        • Table Carrier preselection customers, residential and business - 1999 - 2012
      • Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
        • Table Wholesale Line Rental customers - 2005 - 2012
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF OPERATORS
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Market share of fixed-telephony subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Fixed telephony subscriptions: PSTN, ISDN, WLR - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Fixed telephony subscriptions: alternative IP access - 2005 - 2013
    • TELIASONERA
      • Table TeliaSonera subscribers (Sweden) - 2002 - 2013
      • Table TeliaSonera Group subscribers - 2005 - 2013
      • Table TeliaSonera Group financial data - 2007 - 2013
      • Table TeliaSonera Group financial data by sector - 2008 - 2013
      • Restructuring
      • Functional separation of TeliaSonera
    • TELE2
      • Table Tele2 Sweden revenue by sector - 2007 - 2013
      • Table Tele2 Group financial overview - 2006 - 2013
      • Table Tele2 Sweden subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2013
    • TELENOR SWEDEN
      • Table Bredbandsbolaget (Telenor) subscribers by sector (historic) - 2004 - 2012
      • Table Telenor telephony, internet, TV subscribers - 2010 - 2013
      • Table Telenor Sweden fixed-line revenue - 2005 - 2013
      • Table Telenor Sweden financial data - 2008 - 2013
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2004
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2005- 2014
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Internet services revenue - 2003 - 2012
    • GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
    • BROADBAND STRATEGY - 2010
    • BROADBAND STRATEGY - 2020
    • EGOVERNMENT
    • EHEALTH
    • COMPETITION
      • Table Fixed broadband accesses by speed - 2012 - 2013
      • Table Internet access by data speed as a proportion of households - 2001 - 2012
    • MUNICIPAL ACTION
    • BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2013
      • Table Proportion of internet revenue by access type - 2000 - 2012
      • Table Internet monthly revenue 2000 - 2013
      • Table Growth in fixed-line broadband accesses - 2001 - 2014
      • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2004
      • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2013
      • Table Total internet subscribers (including mobile) - 2000 - 2014
      • Table Internet subscribers: PSTN, ISDN - 2000 - 2014
      • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type - 2004 - 2013
      • Table Proportion of total internet subscribers by type - 2000 - 2013
      • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2006 - 2012
    • CABLE
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2000 - 2014
      • Com Hem
        • Table Com Hem subscribers by type- 2005 - 2013
        • Table Com Hem financial data - 2007 - 2013
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table xDSL subscribers - 2000 - 2014
      • Table TeliaSonera broadband revenue and ARPU (Sweden) - 2006 - 2013
      • Table TeliaSonera broadband subscribers (Sweden) - 2005 - 2013
      • Table Tele2 broadband financial data (Sweden) - 2008 - 2013
      • Table Tele2 broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2013
      • Regulatory concerns
      • Open access
      • ADSL2+
      • VDSL2+
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-HOME (FTTH) NETWORKS
      • Overview
        • Table Fibre subscribers - 2002 - 2014
      • TeliaSonera
      • Regulating dark fibre
      • Bredbandsbolaget
        • Table Bredbandsbolaget (Telenor) broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2013
      • PiteEnergi
      • BAS
      • Other developments
    • BROADBAND POWERLINE (BPL)
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2014
      • Table Mobile broadband market share by operator - 2007 - 2013
      • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
        • Table 3.7GHz licence results - 2009
      • Wireless LANS
      • WiFi/WiMAX
      • Satellite
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • OVERVIEW OF DIGITAL MEDIA
    • KEY GENERAL TRENDS
    • DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Business models - bundled services
        • Table Subscribers to bundled services, by service - 2008 - 2012
        • Table Double play subscribers by type - 2008 - 2013
        • Table Triple play subscribers by type - 2008 - 2013
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Digital dividend
        • Table Digital dividend frequency availability - 2010
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Market overview
        • Table Digital TV subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Digital TV market share of subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Pay TV market share of subscribers by operator - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Digital TV market share of subscribers by platform - 2009 - 2013
        • Table Digital TV revenue - 2009 - 2012
      • Broadband TV (IPTV)
        • Table IPTV subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2013
        • Table MTG IPTV subscribers (historic) - 2007 - 2010
        • Table TeliaSonera IPTV subscribers - 2006 - 2013
      • Video-on-Demand (VoD)
      • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
        • Table VoIP subscribers and annual change - 2004 - 2013
        • Table VoIP revenue - 2008 - 2013
        • Table VoIP traffic - 2006 - 2014
        • Table VoIP access by technology - 2004 - 2013
        • Table TeliaSonera VoIP subscribers - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Telenor VoIP subscribers - 2007 - 2011
      • Interactive TV (iTV)
      • Cable TV
        • Table Cable TV subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Com Hem subscribers by type- 2005 - 2013
        • Table Com Hem financial data - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Canal Digital cable TV subscribers - Sweden - 2005 - 2013
      • Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
        • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Canal Digital DTH satellite subscribers - Nordics - 2005 - 2013
        • Table Viasat Broadcasting financial data - 2008 - 2013
        • Table Viasat satellite subscribers (Nordics) - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Viasat Multiroom and Viasat+ subscribers - 2006 - 2012
      • Digital terrestrial TV (DTTV)
        • Table Pay DTTV subscribers - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Boxer Sweden subscribers - 2006 - 2011
        • Table Boxer Sweden pay-TV revenue - 2008 - 2010
        • Table ViaSat revenue (Nordics) - 2006 - 2013
      • Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • OVERVIEW OF SWEDEN'S MOBILE MARKET
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2005 - 2014
        • Table GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) - 1999 - 2013
        • Table Subscriber distribution by technology - 2001 - 2012
        • Table Historic - End-user revenue by service - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2004
        • Table End-user revenue by service - 2005 - 2013
        • Table Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use - 2001 - 2013
        • Table Average mobile ARPU: contract, prepaid and blended - 2000 - 2013
      • Operator market shares
        • Table Historic - Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) - 1995 - 2004
        • Table Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) - 2005 - 2013
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
        • Table UMTS licence awards in Sweden - 2000
        • Table 800MHz licence awards in Sweden - 2011
        • Table 1800MHz licence awards in Sweden - Oct 2011
        • Table 2.6GHz licence awards in Sweden - May 2008
      • Roaming
        • Table European roaming charges - 2007 - 2014
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported - 2008 - 2013
      • Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile termination revenue traffic and revenue - 2000 - 2012
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Analogue
      • Digital
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telia Mobile
        • Table TeliaSonera Mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2013
        • Table Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU - 2002 - 2013
        • Table Telia Mobile revenue - 2007 - 2013
      • Tele2 Mobile
        • Table Tele2 mobile subscribers - 2004 - 2013
        • Table Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) financial data - 2005 - 2013
        • Table Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) blended ARPU- 2006 - 2012
      • Telenor Mobile
        • Table Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data - 2004 - 2013
        • Table Telenor Mobile Sweden subscribers - 2005 - 2013
        • Table Telenor blended mobile ARPU (Sweden) - 2006 - 2013
      • Net4Mobility
      • Hutchison 3G Sweden
        • Table H3 subscribers - 2009 - 2013
        • Table H3 revenue (Sweden) -2010 -2013
        • Table H3 revenue (Sweden and Denmark) -2008 -2010
        • Table H3 annualised ARPU (Sweden and Denmark) - 2008 - 2013
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
      • Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs)
    • MOBILE VOICE SERVICES
      • Prepaid
        • Table Active prepaid and contract subscribers - GSM/UMTS - 2000 - 2013
      • Satellite mobile
    • MOBILE MESSAGING
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table Monthly SMS volumes per user - 2000 - 2013
        • Table Annual SMS volumes - 2000 - 2013
        • Table SMS revenue - 2000 - 2013
        • Table Premium SMS market overview
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
        • Table MMS messages sent, annual change and revenue - 2003 - 2013
        • Table MMS messaging revenue - 2004 - 2013
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Overview
        • Table Mobile data services traffic - 2002 - 2013
        • Table Mobile data services subscribers - 2006 - 2013
        • Table Mobile data traffic revenue - 2002 - 2012
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • Evolved HSPA (HSPA+)
      • High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data (HSCSD)
      • Enhanced Data for GSM evolution (EDGE)
      • Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
        • Table LTE subscribers - 2010 - 2013
      • Femtocells
      • Mobile TV
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Location-based services
      • Mobile music
      • Other developments
      • M-payments
      • M2M
        • Table M2M connections - 2011 - 2014
        • Table M2M revenue - 2011 - 2012
  • FORECASTS
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • Scenario 1 - higher broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast broadband penetration - higher market growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
      • Scenario 2 - lower broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast broadband penetration - lower market growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - lower market growth scenario - 2010 - 2013; 2020
    • FORECASTSMOBILE
      • Forecasts - mobile ARPU - 2009 - 2010; 2015
        • Table Forecast blended mobile ARPU - 2009 - 2011; 2015
      • Forecasts - UMTS subscribers - 2006 - 2012; 2015
        • Table Forecast UMTS subscribers - 2009 - 2010; 2015

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