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Sweden - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Sweden - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Sweden’s broadband strategy to 2025 to see 98% gigabit access

Sweden’s telecom market includes mature mobile and broadband sectors which have consistently been among the first in Europe to deploy advanced technologies. The country retains one of the best developed LTE infrastructures in the region, and is poised to be among the first in the world to deliver services based on the 5G standard. It also has one of the highest fibre broadband penetration rates in Europe. Indeed, 5G and FttP are being promoted by the government as part of an ambitious but realistic strategy to deliver a near-universal 1Gb/s service by 2025. The methodology to achieve this rests on proven regulatory measures supported by public funds, as well as on the auction of additional spectrum expected during 2018.

A significant proportion of mobile subscribers make use of mobile broadband as a viable alternative to fixed-line broadband services. Additional spectrum, particularly in the 450MHz and 700MHz bands, is to be made available during 2018.

In the broadband sector DSL remains the dominant platform though the number of subscribers is falling as customers migrate to fibre networks. 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. There is also competition from HFC infrastructure, with the main cableco Com Hem offering data rates at up to 1Gb/s on its fibre network. It is also investing in services based on the DOCSIS3.1 standard.

The fibre sector is among the most vibrant in the world, with the country now having one of the highest fibre-broadband densities in Europe. Further development of the fibre sector is key to the government’s revised broadband strategy for 2025.

This report assesses key aspects of the Swedish telecom market, providing data on fixed network services and profiling the main players. It also reviews regulatory issues, including interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability, carrier preselection and NGN open access. The report also examines the fixed and wireless broadband markets, including analyses of market dynamics and the main operators, as well as subscriber forecasts. In addition the report covers the mobile voice and data markets, noting progress in the deployment of emerging technologies as well as operator strategies.

Key developments:

Telia continues sale of Eurasian assets;
Telecom market revenue stable in 2016, year-on-year;
Hi3G contracts Ericsson to upgrade network and prepare for 5G;
Regulator sets February 2018 date for a 450MHz spectrum auction, identifies 3.5GH band as suitable for 5G services;
Telia expected to commercialise 5G services in 2018, trials LTE providing up to 757Mb/s;
AINMT rebrands as Ice Group;
Government promotes new broadband strategy to 2025;
Telia completes G.fast field trials to deliver 1Gb/s services;
Com Hem launches a 500Mb/s cable service and a 1Gb/s fibre service;
Report update includes the regulator’s data to December 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia Company, Tele2, Hi3G Sweden, Telenor Sweden, Net 1, Com Hem, PiteEnergi, BAS.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Country statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Telephone network statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Internet user statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table Broadband statistics - 2016
    • Table Mobile statistics - 2017 (e)
    • Table National telecommunications authority
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table End-user revenue by service - 2001 - 2016
      • Table Historic - End-user revenue growth: fixed line, internet, mobile and mobile data - 1995
      • Table End-user revenue growth: fixed line, internet, mobile and mobile data - 2010 - 2016
      • Table End-user traffic in minutes by technology - 2000 - 2016
      • Table Telecom revenue per household by sector - 2001 - 2016
      • Table Telecom revenue per household annual change by sector - 2001 - 2016
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
      • Table Historic - Telia wholesale lines, PSTN, LLU - 2005 - 2013
    • PRIVATISATION
      • Interconnect
        • Table Interconnect fixed-line minutes and revenue - 2006 - 2016
    • ACCESS
      • Bitstream access
      • Fibre access
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Annual fixed number portings - 2002 - 2017
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Carrier preselection customers, residential and business - 1999 - 2016
    • WHOLESALE LINE RENTAL (WLR)
      • Table Wholesale Line Rental customers - 2005 - 2016
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • TELIA
      • Table Telia subscribers (Sweden) - 2002 - 2017
      • Table Telia Group financial data - 2007 - 2017
    • TELE2
      • Table Tele2 Sweden revenue by sector - 2007 - 2017
      • Table Tele2 Group financial overview - 2006 - 2017
      • Table Tele2 Sweden subscribers by sector - 2006 - 2017
    • TELENOR SWEDEN
      • Table Bredbandsbolaget (Telenor) subscribers by sector (historic) - 2004 - 2011
      • Table Telenor telephony, internet, TV subscribers - 2010 - 2017
      • Table Telenor Sweden fixed-line revenue - 2005 - 2017
      • Table Telenor Sweden financial data - 2008 - 2017
  • 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 - 2018
      • Table Market share of fixed-telephony subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2016
    • COMMUNICATIONS: VOIP
      • Table VoIP subscribers and annual change - 2004 - 2016
      • Table VoIP revenue - 2005 - 2015
      • Table VoIP traffic - 2006 - 2016
      • Table VoIP access by technology - 2004 - 2016
      • Table Fixed telephony subscriptions: alternative IP access - 2005 - 2016
      • Table Telia VoIP subscribers - 2007 - 2017
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
        • Table International internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2016
      • Satellite networks
    • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
  • BROADBAND MARKET
    • INTRODUCTION AND STATISTICAL OVERVIEW
      • Market analysis
        • Table Internet services revenue - 2003 - 2016
      • Government support
      • Broadband strategy - 2010
      • Broadband strategy - 2020
      • Broadband strategy - 2025
      • Regulatory measures
      • Competition
        • Table Low-end fixed broadband accesses by speed - 2009 - 2016
        • Table High-end fixed broadband accesses by speed - 2009 - 2016
      • Municipal action
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of fixed internet subscribers by access type - 2000 - 2009
        • Table Proportion of fixed/mobile internet subscribers - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Internet monthly revenue by household and subscriber - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Growth in fixed-line broadband accesses - 2001 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate - 1996 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate - 2010 - 2018
        • Table Total internet subscribers (including mobile) - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Internet subscribers: PSTN, ISDN - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type - 2004 - 2016
        • Table Proportion of total internet subscribers by type - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology - 2006 - 2016
      • Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecasts - broadband subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers - 2000 - 2016
      • Com Hem
        • Table Com Hem RGUs by type- 2005 - 2017
        • Table Com Hem group financial data - 2007 - 2017
    • 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 - 2017
      • Table Tele2 broadband financial data (Sweden) - 2008 - 2017
      • Table Tele2 broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2017
      • 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 - 2017
      • PiteEnergi
      • BAS
      • Other developments
    • OTHER FIXED BROADBAND SERVICES
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
        • Table 3.7GHz licence results - 2009
  • DIGITAL ECONOMY
    • EGOVERNMENT
    • EHEALTH
  • 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 - 2018
        • Table Historic - GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) - 1999 - 2009
        • Table GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Subscriber distribution by technology - 2001 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Mobile voice and data revenue - 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
        • Table Mobile voice and data revenue - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use - 2001 - 2016
        • Table Average mobile blended ARPU - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Historic - Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) - 1995 - 2009
        • Table Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) - 2010 - 2016
        • Table Active prepaid and contract subscribers - 2000- 2015
      • Mobile voice
      • Mobile data
        • Table Monthly SMS volumes per user - 2000 - 2016
        • Table Annual SMS volumes - 2000 - 2017
        • Table SMS revenue - 2011 - 2015
        • Table MMS messages sent - 2003 - 2016
        • Table MMS messaging revenue - 2011 - 2015
        • Table Monthly MMS volumes per user - 2006 - 2016
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Mobile data services traffic - 2002 - 2016
        • Table Mobile data revenue - 2002 - 2015
        • Table Mobile broadband subscribers - 2006 - 2016
        • Table Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator - 2007 - 2016
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
        • Table Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 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 - 2017
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
        • Table Mobile termination revenue traffic and revenue - 2000 - 2016
      • Network sharing
    • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Analogue
      • Digital networks
        • Table 3G/CDMA subscribers - 2014 - 2015
        • Table LTE subscribers - 2010 - 2016
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • Satellite mobile
      • M2M networks
        • Table M2M connections - 2008 - 2016
        • Table M2M revenue - 2008 - 2016
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Telia Mobile
        • Table Telia Mobile subscribers - 2002 - 2017
        • Table Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU - 2002 - 2017
        • Table Telia Mobile mobile revenue - 2007 - 2017
      • Tele2 Mobile
        • Table Tele2 mobile subscribers - 2004 - 2017
        • Table Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) mobile financial data - 2005 - 2017
      • Telenor Mobile
        • Table Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data - 2004 - 2017
        • Table Telenor Mobile Sweden subscribers - 2005 - 2017
        • Table Telenor blended mobile ARPU (Sweden) - 2006 - 2017
      • Net4Mobility
      • Hutchison 3G Sweden
        • Table Hi3G registered subscribers - 2009 - 2017
        • Table Hi3G revenue (Sweden and Denmark) -2008 -2 010
        • Table Hi3G revenue (Sweden) -2010 - 2017
        • Table Hi3G annualised ARPU - 2008 - 2017
      • 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

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