2013 Norway - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

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Last updated: 29 Jan 2014 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 88

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:

Multi-spectrum auction results; SMS traffic falls for the first time through smartphone messaging alternatives; LTE network contract developments; MNOs set up m-commerce joint venture; regulator issues 2GHz spectrum auction rules, launches consultation on digital dividend auction; telecom market revenue falls in H1 2013; Telenor phases out PSTN infrastructure; TeliaSonera sells NextGenTel broadband business; smart grid updates; Thor 7 satellite launch, Thor 2 de-orbited; broadband revenue growth slows; mobile broadband subscriber base increasing; Ventelo restructures business divisions; Altibox launches mobile broadband; Accenture awarded five-year contract to build an electronic health record system; regulator’s market data to June 2013; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2013; market developments to January 2014.

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:- January 2014 (12th Edition) 

Executive Summary

Market consolidation sees TeliaSonera exit the broadband sector

In common with other Scandinavian countries, Norway has a sophisticated telecom market with high broadband and mobile penetration rates and a well developed digital TV sector. Although not a member of the European Union, its telecoms sector is synchronised with relevant EC legislation. Telenor and Tele2 are the dominant operators in all sectors, though there is increasing competition from new entrants. The report introduces the key elements of Norway’s telecom market, providing statistics and an overview of the regulatory environment, the fixed network operators and their services, and telecom infrastructure.

In the broadband sector a number of smaller operators and resellers compete against the main players Telenor and NextGenTel (sold to Telio in 2013). Mobile broadband has become a key development in recent years, with LTE networks among the most advanced in the world. The report profiles Norway’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with developments in related technologies such as Broadband Powerline, wireless broadband, and internet via satellite. It also provides broadband forecasting scenarios to 2012 and 2020, and assesses the strategies of the main players.

Norway’s small but sophisticated broadcasting market became all-digital by the end of 2009. The main operators have focussed on upgrading fixed-line networks to ADSL2+ and VDSL2 in recent years, providing a solid infrastructure for delivering bundled services.

The mobile market is dominated by the triopoly of Telenor Mobile, TeliaSonera’s NetCom and the new player Mobile Norway. Services from these operators are supplemented by those from a growing number of MVNOs. A new entrant, backed by Ice.net, secured spectrum at the December 2013 auction. The market is well advanced in LTE/4G developments, with both Telenor and NetCom spearheading networks in the region. Mobile Norway, a joint venture now controlled by Tele2, also adds to the competitive mix. Nordisk Mobiltelefon, recovered from its bankruptcy in early 2009, operates a 3G network in the 450MHz band. The report profiles the mobile voice and data market, 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.

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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