2012 Norway - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

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Last updated: 30 Oct 2012 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 92

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Norway’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • 3G subscriber and mobile ARPU forecasts to 2015;
  • Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020.

Key developments:

Broadband revenue growth slows in 2011; fibre-based broadband worth NOK1.445 billion; Telenor purchases two local fibre providers; Ventelo restructures business divisions; Altibox launches mobile broadband; broadband growth slows to 3% in line with higher penetration; Accenture awarded five-year contract to build an electronic health record system; SMS traffic falls for the first time through smartphone messaging alternatives; mobile network traffic growth slows; TeliaSonera contracts Huawei and Ericsson to expand LTE network; Tele2 buys out minority shareholders in Network Norway; MTRs set to 2013; MNOs set up m-commerce joint venture; regulator issues 2GHz spectrum auction rules; Telenor launches LTE network, expects 90% population coverage by 2015; regulator’s market data for 2011, telcos’ operating and financial data to September 2012; market developments to October 2012. 

Companies covered in this report include:

Telenor Group, NextGenTel, Lyse, NetCom, Nordisk Mobiltelefon; ViaSat, Canal Digital, Get, TeliaSonera, Tele2, BaneTele; Telenor Mobil, Mobile Norway, Teletopia.

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- October 2012 (11th Edition) 

Executive Summary

Norway’s MNOs prepare investment strategies for spectrum auctions

BuddeComm’s biannual publication, Norway - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts, provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications and digital media markets in one of Eastern Europe’s more progressive countries. The report includes the regulator’s market data for 2011, smart grid updates; telcos’ operating and financial data to September 2012; market developments to October 2012.

Telecom market overview

Mobile services now make up more than half of telecom revenue and about two-thirds of voice traffic. Fixed-line traffic fell 12% in 2011 as increasingly communicate via mobile networks or different types of social media. Revenue for fixed telephony fell sharply in 2011, while broadband revenue growth has fallen steadily during the last few years in line with the slowdown in the growth of new broadband subscribers as the market penetration increases.

Mobile market

The mobile sector is attracting a significant portion of telecom investment as operators continue to upgrade networks for LTE. An imminent auction for spectrum in the 2GHz band will further extend the availability of LTE in rural areas and help the government fulfil its ‘Norway Digital’ programme for broadband. MNOs have focussed on mobile data services, which are set to develop swiftly in 2013 as LTE services become a dominant feature of the mobile landscape.

Key telecom parameters – 2010; 2012



2012 (e)

Subscribers to telecoms services (million):

Fixed broadband



Fixed-line telephony



Mobile phone



Mobile broadband



Market penetration by sector:

Fixed broadband






Mobile (SIM)



(Source: BuddeComm)

Market Highlights

  • MNOs during 2013 will be able to take advantage of spectrum in the 2GHz band which has been set aside for mobile broadband based on LTE. This development will significantly enhance network capabilities and allow operators to extend their services to rural areas with lower capex.
  • Smart grid infrastructure is developing rapidly, with a view to replacing all electricity, gas and water meters with smart meters by early 2017.
  • The strong growth in VDSL connections during 2011 is set to continue into 2013, though VDSL still makes up a small proportion of the declining DSL subscriber base. 

This report is essential reading for those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecom sector in Norway. It provides further information on:

  • Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
  • The impact of the global economic crisis;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile data market developments in coming years in light of spectrum auctions and new license awards;
  • 3G developments, regulatory issues and technologies including HSPA and LTE;
  • Broadband migration to an FttH architecture;
  • Historical and current subscriber statistics and forecasts;
  • ARPU statistics and forecasts.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

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