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Sweden - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Sweden - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Sweden’s telecom sector revenue showing continued growth

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 and is targeting a 1Gb/s broadband service to 98% of the population 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.

DSL still dominates broadband access, 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. In September 2018 the competition authorities approved the acquisition of Com Hem by Tele2, a move which will provide a strong multi-sector competitor to Telia.

Considerable investment in mobile networks has also made mobile broadband a fast-growing sector, with LTE-based services available in most rural areas not covered by fixed-line infrastructure, and with 5G expected to be integral to the overall broadband platform in coming years. 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.

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 examines the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets, including analyses of market dynamics and the key providers. In addition the report assesses the mobile market, providing data on network operators and their strategies in a highly competitive environment as well as details on key regulatory issues, licence conditions, spectrum auctions and developments in technologies including LTE and 5G.

Key developments:

Telia Company acquires TDC Norway and Get;
Telecom sector revenue continued showing growth in 2017;
Tele2 and Com Hem merger approved;
Government promotes new broadband strategy to 2025;
Telia completes G.fast field trials to deliver 1Gb/s services;
Com Hem launches a 1.2Gb/s fibre service;
Telia commits to SEK5 billion investment to connect up to one million households with FttP;
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;
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, Com Hem, PiteEnergi, BAS


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Sweden – 2018 (e)
    • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table End-user revenue by service – 2001 – 2017
      • 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 - 2017
      • Table End-user traffic in minutes by technology – 2000 - 2017
      • Table Telecom revenue per household by sector – 2001 - 2017
      • Table Telecom revenue per household annual change by sector – 2001 - 2017
  • 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 - 2017
    • ACCESS
      • Bitstream access
      • Fibre access
    • NUMBER PORTABILITY (NP)
      • Table Annual fixed number portings – 2002 - 2018
    • CARRIER PRESELECTION (CPS)
      • Table Carrier preselection customers, residential and business – 1999 - 2017
    • WHOLESALE LINE RENTAL (WLR)
      • Table Wholesale Line Rental customers – 2005 - 2017
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • INTRODUCTION
    • TELIA
      • Table Telia subscribers (Sweden) – 2002 - 2018
      • Table Telia Group financial data – 2007 - 2018
    • TELE2
      • Table Tele2 Sweden revenue by sector – 2007 - 2018
      • Table Tele2 Group financial overview – 2006 - 2018
      • Table Tele2 Sweden subscribers by sector – 2006 - 2018
    • TELENOR SWEDEN
      • Table Telenor subscribers by sector (historic) – 2004 - 2011
      • Table Telenor telephony, internet, TV subscribers – 2010 - 2018
      • Table Telenor Sweden fixed-line revenue – 2005 - 2018
      • Table Telenor Sweden financial data – 2008 - 2018
  • 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 PSTN and ISDN lines in service – 2000 - 2018
      • Table Market share of fixed-telephony subscribers by operator – 2006 - 2017
    • VOIP
      • Table VoIP subscribers and annual change – 2004 - 2017
      • Table VoIP revenue – 2005 – 2017
      • Table VoIP traffic – 2006 – 2017
      • Table VoIP accesses by technology – 2004 - 2017
      • Table Telia VoIP subscribers – 2007 - 2018
    • 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 - 2017
        • Table Broadband revenue by platform – 2011 - 2017
      • Government support
      • Broadband strategy – 2010
      • Broadband strategy – 2020
      • Broadband strategy – 2025
      • Regulatory measures
      • Competition
        • Table Low-end fixed broadband accesses by speed – 2009 - 2017
        • Table High-end fixed broadband accesses by speed – 2009 - 2017
      • Municipal action
      • Broadband statistics
        • Table Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2006 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of fixed internet subscribers by access type – 2000 - 2009
        • Table Proportion of fixed/mobile internet subscribers – 2000 - 2017
        • Table Internet monthly revenue by household and subscriber - 2000 - 2017
        • Table Growth in fixed-line broadband accesses – 2001 – 2017
        • Table Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 - 2009
        • Table Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
        • Table Total internet subscribers (including mobile) – 2000 - 2017
        • Table Internet subscribers: PSTN, ISDN – 2000 - 2017
        • Table Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2004 - 2017
        • Table Proportion of total internet subscribers by type – 2000 - 2017
        • Table Broadband penetration by technology – 2006 - 2017
      • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
        • Table Forecasts - broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • HYBRID FIBRE COAX (HFC) NETWORKS
      • Table Cable broadband subscribers – 2000 - 2017
      • Com Hem
        • Table Com Hem RGUs by type– 2005 - 2018
        • Table Com Hem group financial data – 2007 - 2018
    • DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE (DSL) NETWORKS
      • Table DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2017
      • Table Telia fixed-line broadband revenue and ARPU (Sweden) – 2012 - 2018
      • Table Telia broadband subscribers (Sweden) – 2005 - 2018
      • Table Tele2 broadband financial data (Sweden) – 2008 - 2018
      • Table Tele2 broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2018
      • Open access
      • ADSL2+
      • VDSL2+
    • FIBRE-TO-THE-PREMISES (FTTP) NETWORKS
      • Introduction
        • Table Fibre subscribers – 2002 - 2017
      • Regulating dark fibre
      • Telia
      • Telenor
        • Table Telenor broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2018
      • 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
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Subscribers to bundled services, by service – 2008 - 2017
  • 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 - 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 – 2006 - 2017
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • 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
      • 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) –2010 - 2018
        • Table Hi3G revenue (Sweden and Denmark) –2008 -2010
        • 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

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