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

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

Sweden’s cancellation of 700MHz auction puts pressure on rural LTE rollout

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, although the regulator in November 2016 was obliged to cancel its planned auction of spectrum in the 700MHz after the government decided that this range should continue to be used by broadcasters until May 2018.

There have been extensive mobile network upgrades which provide a significant proportion of subscribers with fast mobile broadband services, while Telia is looking to provide services based on 5G technologies as early as 2018.

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.

Considerable investments in upgraded DSL and cable broadband infrastructure as well as fibre networks by Sweden’s telcos in recent years have encouraged consumer adoption of bundled services. The largest cable TV operators, Com Hem and Kabelvision, have upgraded their networks to provide 1Gb/s broadband services.

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 the number of subscribers is falling as customers migrate to fibre networks as these are built out. Some resilience in the DSL sector is shown by operators investing in VDSL upgrades as well as G.fast technology. Sweden’s fibre sector is among the most vibrant in the world, with the country now having one of the highest fibre-broadband densities in Europe.

This report assesses key aspects of the Swedish telecom market, providing data on fixed network services and profiling the main players. It also reviews the key regulatory issues, including interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability, carrier preselection and NGN open access. The report also provides an overview of Sweden’s digital TV and converging media markets, including recent developments in videostreaming, bundled services and VoIP. In addition the report covers the fixed and wireless broadband markets, including statistical broadband forecasts to 2021, as well as developments in the mobile sector.

Key developments:

Tele2 completes acquisition of TDC Sweden;
Telecom revenue stable in 2015, year-on-year;
Regulator abandons 700MHz spectrum auction, identifies 3.5GH band as suitable for 5G services;
H3 secures remaining block of spectrum in the 1800MHz band;
Tele2 secures additional loan to expand LTE infrastructure;
Net4Mobililty network to provide 90% geographic coverage by end-2016;
Telenor launches tri-band LTE to provide data at up to 450Mb/s;
MNOs launch mobile wallet service JV;
Legislation comes into force aimed at promoting broadband deployment through encouraging infrastructure sharing and coordination of works;
Com Hem’s acquires Boxer TV-Access;
Telia 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;
Telia commits to SEK5 billion investment to connect up to one million households with FttP;
100Mb/s broadband connectivity available to more than half of all premises;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to 2015, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia, Tele2, H3 Sweden, Telenor Sweden, Net 1, Com Hem, Canal Digital, ViaSat, Boxer, MTG, PiteEnergi, BAS.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2016 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table End-user revenue by service - 2001 - 2015
      • Table Historic - End-user revenue growth: fixed line, internet, mobile and mobile data – 1995 – 2009
      • Table End-user revenue growth: fixed line, internet, mobile and mobile data - 2010 - 2015
      • Table End-user traffic in minutes by technology - 2000 - 2015
      • Table Telecom revenue per household by sector - 2001 - 2015
      • Table Telecom revenue annual change by sector - 2001 - 2015
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REVISED NFR
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
      • Table Telia wholesale lines, PSTN, LLU - 2005 - 2013
    • PRIVATISATION
      • Interconnect
        • Table Interconnect fixed-line minutes and revenue - 2006 - 2015
    • ACCESS
      • Bitstream access
      • Fibre access
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Annual fixed number portings - 2002 - 2015
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Carrier preselection customers, residential and business - 1999 - 2015
    • WHOLESALE LINE RENTAL (WLR)
      • Table Wholesale Line Rental customers - 2005 - 2015
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • TELIA
      • Table Telia subscribers (Sweden) - 2002 - 2016
      • Table Telia Group financial data - 2007 - 2014
      • Restructuring
      • Functional separation of Telia
    • TELE2
      • Table Tele2 Sweden revenue by sector - 2007 - 2016
      • Table Tele2 Group financial overview - 2006 - 2014
      • Table Tele2 Sweden subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2016
    • TELENOR SWEDEN
      • Table Bredbandsbolaget (Telenor) subscribers by sector (historic) - 2004 - 2011
      • Table Telenor telephony, internet, TV subscribers - 2010 - 2016
      • Table Telenor Sweden fixed-line revenue - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Telenor Sweden financial data - 2008 - 2016
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • OVERVIEW OF THE NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 1995 - 2009
      • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Fixed telephony subscriptions: alternative IP access - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Market share of fixed-telephony subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2015
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
        • Table Fixed lines in service and teledensity - 2000 - 2015
      • Satellite networks
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
        • Table Internet services revenue - 2003 - 2015
      • Government support
      • Broadband strategy - 2010
      • Broadband strategy - 2020
      • Rural broadband strategy 2014 - 2020
      • Regulatory measures - 2016
      • Competition
        • Table Fixed broadband accesses by speed - 2009 - 2015
      • Municipal action
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Proportion of fixed internet subscribers by access type - 2000 - 2009
        • Table Proportion of fixed/mobile internet subscribers - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Internet monthly revenue by household and subscriber - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Growth in fixed-line broadband accesses - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Total internet subscribers (including mobile) - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Internet subscribers: PSTN, ISDN - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of total internet subscribers by type - 2000 - 2014
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2006 - 2015
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2000 - 2016
      • Com Hem
        • Table Com Hem subscribers by type- 2005 - 2016
        • Table Com Hem financial data - 2007 - 2016
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers - 2000 - 2016
      • Table Telia fixed-line broadband revenue and ARPU (Sweden) - 2012 - 2016
      • Table Telia broadband subscribers (Sweden) - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Tele2 broadband financial data (Sweden) - 2008 - 2016
      • Table Tele2 broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2016
      • Regulatory concerns
      • Open access
      • ADSL2+
      • VDSL2+
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Introduction
        • Table Fibre subscribers - 2002 - 2016
      • Regulating dark fibre
      • Telia
      • Bredbandsbolaget
        • Table Bredbandsbolaget (Telenor) broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2016
      • PiteEnergi
      • BAS
      • Other developments
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
        • Table 3.7GHz licence results - 2009
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • OVERVIEW OF DIGITAL MEDIA
    • KEY GENERAL TRENDS
    • DIGITAL TV
      • Market overview
        • Table Digital TV subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Digital TV market share of subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Pay TV market share of subscribers by operator - 2007 - 2015
        • Table Digital TV market share of subscribers by platform - 2009 - 2015
        • Table Digital TV revenue - 2009 - 2015
      • Videostreaming
        • Table IPTV subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2015
        • Table Telia IPTV subscribers - 2006 - 2016
      • Communications: VoIP
        • Table VoIP subscribers and annual change - 2004 - 2015
        • Table VoIP revenue - 2005 - 2015
        • Table VoIP traffic - 2006 - 2015
        • Table VoIP access by technology - 2004 - 2015
        • Table Telia VoIP subscribers - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Telenor VoIP subscribers - 2007 - 2011
      • Interactive TV (iTV)
      • Cable TV
        • Table Cable TV subscribers by type- 2006 - 2015
        • Table Com Hem subscribers by type- 2005 - 2016
        • Table Com Hem financial data - 2007 - 2016
        • Table Com Hem revenue by service data - 2011 - 2016
        • Table Canal Digital cable TV subscribers - Sweden - 2005 - 2016
      • Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
        • Table Satellite TV subscribers - 2006 - 2017
        • Table Canal Digital DTH satellite subscribers - Nordics - 2005 - 2016
        • Table ViaSat revenue (Nordics) - 2006 - 2015
        • Table ViaSat DTH subscriber statistics (Nordics) - 2007 - 2015
      • Digital terrestrial TV (DTTV)
        • Table DTTV subscribers - 2007 - 2017
        • Table MTG Nordic Entertainment revenue - 2013 - 2016
      • Free-to-Air (FTA) TV
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • EGOVERNMENT
    • EHEALTH
    • DIGITAL MEDIA
      • Business models - bundled services
        • Table Subscribers to bundled services, by service - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Double play subscribers by type - 2008 - 2015
        • Table Triple play subscribers by type - 2008 - 2015
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • Digital dividend
        • Table Digital dividend frequency availability - 2010
  • MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • General statistics
        • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2010 - 2017
        • Table Historic - GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) - 1999 - 2009
        • Table GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Subscriber distribution by technology - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Historic - Mobile voice and data revenue - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile voice and data revenue - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use - 2001 - 2015
        • Table Average mobile blended ARPU - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Historic - Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) - 1995 - 2009
        • Table Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) - 2010 - 2015
        • Table Active prepaid and contract subscribers - 2000- 2015
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table Monthly SMS volumes per user - 2000 - 2015
        • Table Annual SMS volumes - 2000 - 2017
        • Table SMS revenue - 2011 - 2015
        • Table Premium SMS market overview
        • Table MMS messages sent - 2003 - 2016
        • Table MMS messaging revenue - 2011 - 2015
        • Table Monthly MMS volumes per user - 2006 - 2015
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile data services traffic - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Mobile data revenue - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Mobile broadband market share by operator - 2007 - 2015
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
        • Table Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
    • 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 - 2016
        • Table European data roaming charges - 2014 - 2017
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
        • Table Annual mobile numbers ported - 2008 - 2014
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile termination revenue traffic and revenue - 2000 - 2015
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Analogue
      • Digital networks
        • Table 3G/CDMA subscribers - 2014 - 2016
        • Table LTE subscribers - 2010 - 2016
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • Satellite mobile
      • Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • Femtocells
      • M2M networks
        • Table M2M connections - 2008 - 2016
        • Table M2M revenue - 2008 - 2016
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telia Mobile
        • Table Telia Mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2016
        • Table Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU - 2002 - 2016
        • Table Telia Mobile mobile revenue - 2007 - 2016
      • Tele2 Mobile
        • Table Tele2 mobile subscribers - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) mobile financial data - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) blended ARPU (historic) - 2006 - 2012
      • Telenor Mobile
        • Table Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Telenor Mobile Sweden subscribers - 2005 - 2016
        • Table Telenor blended mobile ARPU (Sweden) - 2006 - 2016
      • Net4Mobility
      • Hutchison 3G Sweden
        • Table H3 registered subscribers - 2009 - 2016
        • Table H3 revenue (Sweden and Denmark) -2008 -2010
        • Table H3 revenue (Sweden) -2010 - 2016
        • Table H3 annualised ARPU - 2008 - 2016
      • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
        • Table MVNOs and host networks
      • Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Location-based services
      • Mobile music
      • Other developments
      • M-payments
      • Mobile TV

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