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Sweden - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

Sweden - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media

Telecom revenue stable with moderate growth anticipated for 2015

Sweden’s competitive telecom market has shown strong growth in the mature mobile and broadband sectors, which have offset continuing declines in fixed-line telephony. The mobile sector has seen innovative spectrum use, including the use of 450MHz spectrum for LTE.

Sweden also enjoys one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Europe, Although DSL access still dominates, the number of subscribers is falling as customers migrate to fibre networks as these are progressively built out. Some resilience in the DSL sector is shown by operators investing in VDSL upgrades, though this is a short-term measure on the path to FttP. The fibre sector is also among the most vibrant, supported by an effective regulatory regime which had promoted and facilitated network access. The country now has one of the highest fibre-broadband densities in Europe, and access to faster services is enhancing consumer expectations of the potential of online services.

Considerable investment in mobile networks has also made mobile broadband a fast-growing area. The country was a forerunner in commercialising services based on LTE. With the closing down of the analogue network as early as 2007, spectrum in the 450MHz and 900MHz bands has long been put to mobile broadband use. Spectrum in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands is also providing MNOs with additional capabilities for their LTE networks.

Key developments:

Tele2 facing regulatory hurdles in selling Norwegian subsidiary to TeliaSonera; TeliaSonera to end public pay phone service; Telecom revenue stable in 2013, year-on-year; TeliaSonera completes G.fast field trials to deliver 1Gb/s services over short-distance copper; Com Hem launches a 500Mb/s cable service and a 1Gb/s fibre service; TeliaSonera completes G.fast field trials to deliver 1Gb/s services over short-distance copper; 100Mb/s broadband connectivity available to more than half of all premises; Alcatel-Lucent contracted to build a national LTE network for Net 1 using the 450MHz band; TeliaSonera plans VoLTE services, signs up for Ericsson M2M platform; MNOs launch mobile wallet service JV; regulator assigns additional 1800MHz spectrum with generous terms; regulator’s market data to June 2014; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2014; recent market developments

Companies mentioned in this report

Telenor, TeliaSonera, Tele2, Com Hem, PiteEnergi, BAS, Canal Digital, Viasat, Boxer, MTG, H3 Sweden, Telenor Sweden, Net 1


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Telecom revenue and investment statistics - 2013
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2015 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2014 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2014 (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 - 2013
      • 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 - 2013
      • Table End-user traffic in minutes by technology - 2000 - 2014
      • Table Telecom revenue per household by sector (old style) - 2001 - 2012
      • Table Telecom revenue growth per household by sector (old style) - 2001 - 2012
      • Table Average telecom revenue by sector (new style) - 2012 - 2013
  • 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 (fixed/mobile); revenue from fixed networks - 2006 - 2013
      • Access
      • Number Portability (NP)
        • Table Annual fixed number portings - 2002 - 2014
      • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
        • Table Carrier preselection customers, residential and business - 1999 - 2014
      • Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
        • Table Wholesale Line Rental customers - 2005 - 2014
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • OVERVIEW OF OPERATORS
      • Fixed-line statistics
        • Table Market share of fixed-telephony subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Fixed telephony subscriptions: PSTN, ISDN, WLR - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Fixed telephony subscriptions: alternative IP access - 2005 - 2014
    • TELIASONERA
      • Table TeliaSonera subscribers (Sweden) - 2002 - 2014
      • Table TeliaSonera Group subscribers (Europe) - 2005 - 2014
      • Table TeliaSonera Group financial data - 2007 - 2014
      • Restructuring
      • Functional separation of TeliaSonera
    • TELE2
      • Table Tele2 Sweden revenue by sector - 2007 - 2014
      • Table Tele2 Group financial overview - 2006 - 2014
      • Table Tele2 Sweden subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2014
    • TELENOR SWEDEN
      • Table Bredbandsbolaget (Telenor) subscribers by sector (historic) - 2004 - 2011
      • Table Telenor telephony, internet, TV subscribers - 2010 - 2014
      • Table Telenor Sweden fixed-line revenue - 2005 - 2014
      • Table Telenor Sweden financial data - 2008 - 2014
  • 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
    • SWEDEN'S BROADBAND MARKET
      • Overview
        • Table Internet services revenue - 2003 - 2015
      • Government support
      • Broadband strategy - 2010
      • Broadband strategy - 2020
      • eGovernment
      • eHealth
      • Competition
        • Table Fixed broadband accesses by speed - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Internet access by data speed as a proportion of households - 2001 - 2014
      • Municipal action
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2014
        • Table Proportion of internet revenue by access type - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Internet monthly revenue - 2000 - 2013
        • Table Growth in fixed-line broadband accesses - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2004
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2005 - 2015
        • Table Total internet subscribers (including mobile) - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Internet subscribers: PSTN, ISDN - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Proportion of total internet subscribers by type - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2006 - 2013
    • CABLE
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2000 - 2015
      • Com Hem
        • Table Com Hem subscribers by type- 2005 - 2014
        • Table Com Hem financial data - 2007 - 2014
    • ASYMMETRICAL DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (ADSL)
      • Table xDSL subscribers - 2000 - 2015
      • Table TeliaSonera fixed-line revenue and ARPU (Sweden) - 2006 - 2014
      • Table TeliaSonera fixed-line revenue and ARPU (Sweden) - 2012 - 2014
      • Table TeliaSonera broadband subscribers (Sweden) - 2005 - 2014
      • Table Tele2 broadband financial data (Sweden) - 2008 - 2014
      • Table Tele2 broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2014
      • Regulatory concerns
      • Open access
      • ADSL2+
      • VDSL2+
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Overview
        • Table Fibre subscribers - 2002 - 2015
      • TeliaSonera
      • Regulating dark fibre
      • Bredbandsbolaget
        • Table Bredbandsbolaget (Telenor) broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2014
      • PiteEnergi
      • BAS
      • Other developments
    • BROADBAND POWERLINE (BPL)
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2015
      • Table Mobile broadband market share by operator - 2007 - 2014
      • Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
        • Table 3.7GHz licence results - 2009
      • Wireless LANS
      • WiFi/WiMAX
      • Satellite
    • FORECASTS - BROADBAND SUBSCRIBERS - 2013; 2015; 2020
      • higher broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - higher market growth scenario - 2013; 2015; 2020
      • lower broadband subscriber growth
        • Table Forecast broadband subscribers - lower market growth scenario - 2013; 2015; 2020
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • OVERVIEW
    • KEY GENERAL TRENDS
    • DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Business models - bundled services
        • Table Subscribers to bundled services, by service - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Double play subscribers by type - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Triple play subscribers by type - 2008 - 2014
    • 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 - 2014
        • Table Pay TV market share of subscribers by operator - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Digital TV market share of subscribers by platform - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Digital TV revenue - 2009 - 2013
      • Broadband TV (IPTV)
        • Table IPTV subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2014
        • Table MTG IPTV subscribers (historic) - 2007 - 2010
        • Table TeliaSonera IPTV subscribers - 2006 - 2014
      • Video-on-Demand (VoD)
      • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
        • Table VoIP subscribers and annual change - 2004 - 2015
        • Table VoIP revenue - 2008 - 2015
        • Table VoIP traffic - 2006 - 2014
        • Table VoIP access by technology - 2004 - 2014
        • Table TeliaSonera VoIP subscribers - 2007 - 2014
        • 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 - 2014
        • Table Com Hem financial data - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Canal Digital cable TV subscribers - Sweden - 2005 - 2014
      • Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
        • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Canal Digital DTH satellite subscribers - Nordics - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Viasat Broadcasting financial data - 2008 - 2014
        • Table Viasat satellite subscribers (Nordics) - 2007 - 2014
        • Table Viasat Multiroom and Viasat+ subscribers - 2006 - 2012
      • Digital terrestrial TV (DTTV)
        • Table DTTV subscribers - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Boxer Sweden subscribers - 2006 - 2011
        • Table Boxer Sweden pay-TV revenue - 2008 - 2010
        • Table ViaSat revenue (Nordics) - 2006 - 2014
      • 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 - 2015
        • Table Historic - GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) - 1999 - 2004
        • Table GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) - 2005 - 2014
        • 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 - 2015
        • Table Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use - 2001 - 2014
        • Table Average mobile blended ARPU - 2000 - 2014
      • 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 - 2014
    • 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 - 2014
      • Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile termination revenue traffic and revenue - 2000 - 2013
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Analogue
      • Digital
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telia Mobile
        • Table TeliaSonera Mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU - 2002 - 2014
        • Table Telia Mobile revenue - 2007 - 2014
      • Tele2 Mobile
        • Table Tele2 mobile subscribers - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) financial data - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) blended ARPU (historic) - 2006 - 2012
      • Telenor Mobile
        • Table Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data - 2004 - 2014
        • Table Telenor Mobile Sweden subscribers - 2005 - 2014
        • Table Telenor blended mobile ARPU (Sweden) - 2006 - 2014
      • Net4Mobility
      • Hutchison 3G Sweden
        • Table H3 subscribers - 2009 - 2014
        • Table H3 revenue (Sweden and Denmark) -2008 -2010
        • Table H3 revenue (Sweden) -2010 -2014
        • Table H3 annualised ARPU (Sweden and Denmark) - 2008 - 2014
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
        • Table MVNOs and host networks - June 2013
      • 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 - 2014
        • Table Annual SMS volumes - 2000 - 2015
        • Table SMS revenue - 2000 - 2015
        • 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 - 2014
        • Table Mobile data services subscribers - 2006 - 2014
        • 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 - 2014
      • Femtocells
      • Mobile TV
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Location-based services
      • Mobile music
      • Other developments
      • M-payments
      • M2M
        • Table M2M connections - 2011 - 2015
        • Table M2M revenue - 2011 - 2012
    • FORECASTS
      • Forecasts - mobile ARPU - 2013; 2015; 2017
        • Table Forecast blended mobile ARPU - 2013; 2015; 2017
      • Forecasts - UMTS subscribers - 2013; 2015; 2017
        • Table Forecast UMTS subscribers - 2013; 2015; 2017

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