Norway - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Norway’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscribers and ARPU;
  • Broadband market forecasts;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- September 2018 (16th Edition) 

Executive Summary

Telenor expecting 5G to serve some rural areas for broadband

In common with other Scandinavian countries, Norway has a sophisticated telecom market with high broadband and mobile penetration rates and a highly developed digital media sector. Although not a member of the European Union, the country’s telecoms sector is synchronised with relevant EC legislation. Telenor is the dominant operator in all sectors, though there is increasing competition from new entrants. There remains considerable change among sector players, with Telia having increased its market share by acquiring the operations of Tele2 and Phonero and making a move into the fixed-line market by acquiring TDC’s units Get and TDC Norway in July 2018.

The broadband market has been supported by a technologically savvy populace as well as the efforts of providers to migrate subscribers to fast broadband services provided by fibre networks, VDSL and upgraded cable infrastructure. The leading ISPs Telenor and NextGenTel have also deployed services based on G.fast technology. The regulator has called on the government to help fund additional cable infrastructure to reduce the country’s dependence on Telenor’s networks, while recent regulator measures have enabled alternative operators to upgrade Telenor’s infrastructure in areas where they provide services.

The mobile market is dominated by Telenor Mobil and Telia, with Ice a distant third. The market is well advanced in LTE developments, with both Telenor and Telia spearheading networks in the region. Telenor was cited as having the fastest mobile data rates globally in mid-2018, and the company has also been chosen to manage one of the EU’s key 5G development programs. The mobile broadband sector is set to develop further following the auction of spectrum in the 900MHz band in May 2018. Additional spectrum in the 700MHz band is expected to be made available for mobile broadband sue from November 2019.

This report introduces Norway’s telecom market, providing statistics and an overview of the regulatory environment, the fixed network operators and their services, and telecom infrastructure. The report also profiles the fixed and wireless broadband operators and assesses developments in related technologies such as Broadband Powerline, wireless broadband, and internet via satellite. In addition, the report covers the mobile voice and data markets, providing statistics on the main operators, a review of the key regulatory issues, and a snapshot of the consumer market for services such as SMS, mobile TV and mobile broadband.

Key developments:

  • Telia Company acquires Get and TDC Norway;
  • Telenor exits central European markets;
  • Regulator recommends measures to reduce dependence on Telenor’s network;
  • Telenor undergoes organisational restructure; sells its Central and Eastern European businesses;
  • Telenor to phase out PSTN infrastructure by 2025;
  • Smart grid updates;
  • Telenor lays submarine cable in the Lofoten Islands;
  • Telenor and NextGenTel pursue G.fast technology;
  • Municipalities access EU-funded public Wi-Fi scheme;
  • Regulator makes progress in 700MHz and 2.1GHz licensing scheduled for 2019;
  • Telenor Group assigned to manage a major European 5G project, sets up a second IoT lab;
  • Telia Norway and Telenor secure 900MHz spectrum in May 2018 auction;
  • Telenor partners with Huawei to trial 5G technologies;
  • Telia achieves speeds of 1Gb/s on its LTE infrastructure;
  • Telenor looks to VoLTE as it aims to close its 2G and 3G networks by 2025
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments. 

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telenor, Telia, Tele2, BaneTele, NextGenTel, Telio, Lyse, NetCom, Nordisk Mobiltelefon, Mobile Norway, Teletopia.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Key statistics
  • 2. Telecommunications market
    • 2.1 Market analysis
  • 3. Regulatory environment
    • 3.1 Historic overview
    • 3.2 Regulatory authority
    • 3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Norway
    • 3.4 Privatisation
    • 3.5 Interconnect
    • 3.6 Access
    • 3.7 Number Portability (NP)
    • 3.8 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
  • 4. Fixed network operators
    • 4.1 Introduction
    • 4.2 Telenor
      • 4.2.1 International operations
    • 4.3 Telia Norway
    • 4.4 NextGenTel (Telio)
    • 4.5 Tele2
    • 4.6 BaneTele
  • 5. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 5.2 NGN
    • 5.3 International infrastructure
      • 5.3.1 Submarine cable networks
      • 5.3.2 Satellite networks
    • 5.4 Cloud services
    • 5.5 Smart infrastructure
      • 5.5.1 Smart grids
    • 5.6 Wholesale
  • 6. Broadband market
    • 6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 6.1.1 Government support
      • 6.1.2 Broadband statistics
      • 6.1.3 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 6.3.1 Telenor
      • 6.3.2 NextGenTel
      • 6.3.3 Other DSL developments
    • 6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • 6.4.1 Utilities
      • 6.4.2 Telenor
      • 6.4.3 Other developments
    • 6.5 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.5.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • 6.5.2 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  • 7. Mobile communications
    • 7.1 Market analysis
    • 7.2 Mobile statistics
      • 7.2.1 General statistics
      • 7.2.2 Mobile voice
      • 7.2.3 Mobile data
      • 7.2.4 Mobile broadband
    • 7.3 Regulatory issues
      • 7.3.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 7.3.2 Roaming
      • 7.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 7.3.4 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
    • 7.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 7.4.1 Analogue networks
      • 7.4.2 Digital networks
      • 7.4.3 Other infrastructure developments
    • 7.5 Major mobile operators
      • 7.5.1 Telenor Mobil
      • 7.5.2 Telia
      • 7.5.3 Mobile Norway
      • 7.5.4 Teletopia
      • 7.5.5 Ice
      • 7.5.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 7.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 7.6.1 Location-based services
      • 7.6.2 M-commerce
      • 7.6.3 Mobile TV
      • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Norway – 2018 (e)
      • Table 2 – Total telecom revenue – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 3 – Fixed-line traffic in minutes (PSTN/ISDN) – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 4 – Revenue by sector – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 5 – Proportion of turnover by sector – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 6 – Number of telecom providers by sector – 2004 - 2015
      • Table 7 – Voice lines by type – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 8 – Telecom sector investment by platform – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 9 – Residential CPS and resale subscribers – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 10 – Business CPS and resale subscribers – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 11 – Operators’ share of fixed-line traffic – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 12 – Fixed-telephony revenue (PSTN/ISDN) – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 13 – Operators’ share of fixed-telephony revenue – 2002 - 2017
      • Table 14 – Telenor fixed-line financial data (Norway) – 2008 - 2018
      • Table 15 – Telenor Group financial data – 2007 - 2018
      • Table 16 – Telenor fixed-line subscribers – 2009 – 2018
      • Table 17 – Telia Norway revenue – 2004 - 2018
      • Table 18 – Telia Norway revenue by service – 2006 – 2018
      • Table 19 – Telia Norway subscriber statistics – 2005 - 2018
      • Table 20 – NextGenTel Holding financial data – 2012 - 2018
      • Table 21 – NextGenTel Holding revenue by sector – 2015 - 2018
      • Table 22 – Telio Norway financial data (historic) – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 23 – Telio Norway subscribers by sector (historic) – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 24 – NextGenTel subscribers by sector – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 25 – NextGenTel subscribers by organisational sector – 2017 - 2018
      • Table 26 –Tele2 subscribers by sector (historic) – 2007 - 2014
      • Table 27 – Tele2 financial data by sector (historic) – 2007 - 2014
      • Table 28 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration 2000 - 2009
      • Table 29 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 30 – Proportion of households with a fixed-line – 2005 - 2018
      • Table 31 – International internet bandwidth – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 32 – Telenor wholesale lines – PSTN, DSL, LLU – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 33 – Broadband market revenue – 2003 – 2017
      • Table 34 – Broadband market revenue by platform – 2008 – 2017
      • Table 35 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 36 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 37 – Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 38 – Fixed broadband subscribers by platform – 2010 - 2019
      • Table 39 – Annual net adds in broadband connections, by type – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 40 – Broadband market share by technology – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 41 – Superfast broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 42 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 43 – Residential broadband connections by downstream access speed – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 44 – Proportion of residential broadband connections above 100Mb/s – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 45 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table 46 – Cable subscribers – 1999 - 2017
      • Table 47 – Market share of cable broadband subscribers by provider – 2011 - 2015
      • Table 48 – Get cable broadband revenue – 2015 - 2018
      • Table 49 – Get cable broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 50 – DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 51 – Market share of DSL subscribers by provider – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 52 – Telenor retail broadband subscribers and local loops – 2005 - 2018
      • Table 53 – Telio broadband revenue (historic) – 2007 - 2013
      • Table 54 – Telio broadband ARPU (historic) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 55 – NextGenTel broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 56 – Share of fast broadband connections by provider – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 57 – Fibre broadband share by operator – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 58 – Fibre broadband subscribers (retail) – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 59 – Mobile revenue – 2002 - 2017
      • Table 60 – Mobile revenue by service – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 61 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
      • Table 62 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2019
      • Table 63 – Mobile voice traffic – 2004 - 2019
      • Table 64 – Prepaid share of mobile subscribers – 1999; 2005 - 2017
      • Table 65 – Prepaid and contract subscribers –2005 - 2017
      • Table 66 – Telenor Mobile (Norway) contract and prepaid subscribers – 2001 - 2018
      • Table 67 – Market share of mobile subscribers by main provider – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 68 – Revenue market share by provider – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 69 – Historic - Annual SMS sent – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 70 – Annual SMS sent – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 71 – Revenue from SMS services – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 72 – MMS messages sent – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 73 – Standard mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2019
      • Table 74 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 - 2018
      • Table 75 – Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by provider – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 76 – Mobile data traffic – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 77 – Average mobile data traffic per subscriber – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 78 – Mobile data revenue – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 79 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
      • Table 80 – MNP net gains/losses by operator – 2016 - 2017
      • Table 81 – M2M SIM cards in use – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 82 – M2M SIM revenue by provider – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 83 – Revenue from M2M services – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 84 – Telenor Mobil – mobile subscribers – 2000 - 2018
      • Table 85 – Telenor Mobil financial data – 2005 – 2018
      • Table 86 – Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2004 - 2018
      • Table 87 – Telia mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
      • Table 88 – Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2002 - 2018
      • Table 89 – Telia mobile service revenue – 2015 - 2018
      • Table 90 – Mobile Norway (Tele2) subscribers by sector (historic) – 2007 - 2014
      • Table 91 – Mobile Norway (Tele2) financial data by sector (historic) – 2007 - 2014
      • Table 92 – Ice Group financial data – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 93 –Ice Norway financial data – 2013 - 2018
      • Table 94 –Ice Norway mobile subscribers – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 95 –MVNO subscribers – 2014 - 2017
      • Chart 1 – Revenue by sector – 2003 – 2017
      • Chart 2 – Proportion of turnover by sector – 2005 – 2017
      • Chart 3 – Telenor fixed-line financial data (Norway) – 2008 – 2018
      • Chart 4 – Telenor Group financial data – 2007 – 2018
      • Chart 5 – Telenor fixed subscribers – 2009 – 2018
      • Chart 6 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2000 – 2018
      • Chart 7 – Telenor wholesale lines – PSTN, DSL, LLU – 2004 – 2016
      • Chart 8 – Broadband market revenue by platform – 2008 – 2017
      • Chart 9 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
      • Chart 10 – Fixed broadband subscribers by platform – 2003 – 2019
      • Chart 11 – Broadband market share by technology – 2006 – 2017
      • Chart 12 - Telenor retail broadband subscribers and local loops – 2005 - 2018
      • Chart 13 – Mobile revenue by service – 2008 – 2017
      • Chart 14 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2019
      • Chart 15 – Prepaid and contract subscribers –2005 – 2017
      • Chart 16 – Telenor Mobil financial data – 2005 – 2018
      • Chart 17 – Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2004 – 2018
      • Chart 18 – Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2002 – 2018
      • Exhibit 1 – 3G beauty contest licence results in Norway – 2000; 2003; 2007
      • Exhibit 2 – Multi-spectrum auction results – Dec 2013

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