2017 Norway - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

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 developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Mobile subscriber and ARPU forecasts;
  • Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2022.
  • 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:- June 2017 (15th Edition) 

Executive Summary

Norway regulator seeks reduced dependence on Telenor’s network

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. Telenor is the dominant operator in all sectors, though there is increasing competition from new entrants. Telia increased its market share by acquiring the operations of Tele2 and in April 2017 it secured regulatory approval for its acquisition of the smaller mobile operator Phonero.

Norway’s mobile market is dominated by Telenor Mobil and Telia. The market is well advanced in LTE infrastructure, with both operators spearheading network development in the region. Both are also looking to close down their 3G and 2G networks (by 2020 and 2025 respectively), focussing instead of developing LTE and 5G technologies, while providing mobile voice using VoLTE. Telia offers an LTE-A service providing 300Mb/s to about 1.5 million Norwegians, while it has also achieved 1Gb/s data rates using quad-band carrier aggregation technology as a precursor to 5G. The mobile broadband sector is set to improve further following the anticipated auction of spectrum in the 700MHz and 900MHz bands later in 2017.

Norway’s broadband penetration rate is among the highest in Europe, the result of a technologically savvy populace and 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 deployed services based on G.fast technology. The regulator has also called on the government to help fund additional cable infrastructure to reduce the country’s dependence on Telenor’s networks. Additional infrastructure will help reduce access costs for consumers.

This 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. It also profiles the fixed and wireless broadband markets, together with developments in related technologies such as Broadband Powerline, wireless broadband, internet via satellite and subscriber forecasts to 2022. In addition the report covers digital media developments as well as 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 key services.

Key developments:

  • Regulator recommends measures to reduce dependence on Telenor’s network;
  • Telenor undergoes organisational restructure; preps for sale of its 33% interest in VEON;
  • Mobile services accounting for 62% of total sector revenue;
  • Telenor phases out PSTN infrastructure;
  • Regulator to auction 900MHz spectrum in mid-2017;
  • Telenor partners with Huawei to trial 5G technologies and services later in 2017;
  • Telia achieves speeds of 1Gb/s on its LTE infrastructure;
  • Regulator expecting to auction 700MHz spectrum by end-2018;
  • Telenor looks to VoLTE as it aims to close down its 2G and 3G networks by 2025;
  • Telia acquires Phonero;
  • MNOs set up m-commerce joint venture;
  • 100Mb/s broadband services available to 78% of households;
  • Telenor and NextGenTel pursue G.fast technology;
  • Canal Digital merged with Telenor Norway;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telenor, Telia (NetCom), Tele2, BaneTele, Telenor Mobil, Mobile Norway, Teletopia, ViaSat, Canal Digital, Get, NextGenTel, Telio, Lyse, NetCom, Nordisk Mobiltelefon.

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 – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
    • 6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 6.3.1 Introduction
      • 6.3.2 Telenor
      • 6.3.3 NextGenTel
      • 6.3.4 Other DSL developments
    • 6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • 6.4.1 Introduction
      • 6.4.2 Utilities
      • 6.4.3 Telenor
      • 6.4.4 Other developments
    • 6.5 Other fixed broadband services
      • 6.5.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • 6.5.2 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  • 7. Digital media
    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 Bundled services
    • 7.3 Communications: VoIP
    • 7.4 Digital TV
      • 7.4.1 CATV
      • 7.4.2 Satellite TV
      • 7.4.3 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
      • 7.4.4 Get
      • 7.4.5 Canal Digital
      • 7.4.6 ViaSat
      • 7.4.7 Telenor
      • 7.4.8 Videostreaming
  • 8. Digital economy
    • 8.1 E-Health
  • 9. Mobile communications
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General statistics
      • 9.2.2 Mobile voice
      • 9.2.3 Mobile data
      • 9.2.4 Mobile broadband
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 9.3.2 Roaming
      • 9.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.3.4 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Analogue networks
      • 9.4.2 Digital networks
      • 9.4.3 Other infrastructure developments
      • 9.4.4 Internet of Things (IoT)
      • 9.4.5 Machine-to-Machine (M2M) networks
    • 9.5 Major mobile operators
      • 9.5.1 Telenor Mobil
      • 9.5.2 Telia
      • 9.5.3 Mobile Norway
      • 9.5.4 Teletopia
      • 9.5.5 Ice
      • 9.5.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 9.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 9.6.1 Location-based services
      • 9.6.2 M-commerce
      • 9.6.3 Mobile TV
      • Table 1 – Country statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2016 (e)
      • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
      • Table 7 – Total telecom revenue – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 8 – Fixed-line traffic in minutes – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 9 – Revenue by sector – 2003 - 2016
      • Table 10 – Proportion of turnover by sector – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 11 – Number of telecom providers by sector – 2004 - 2015
      • Table 12 – Voice lines by type – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 13 – Telecom sector investment by type – 2012 - 2015
      • Table 14 – Residential CPS and resale subscribers – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 15 – Business CPS and resale subscribers – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 16 – Operators’ share of fixed-line traffic – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 17 – Operators’ share of fixed-telephony revenue – 2002 - 2016
      • Table 18 – Telenor fixed-line financial data (Norway) – 2008 - 2017
      • Table 19 – Telenor Group financial data – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 20 – Telenor fixed-line subscribers – 2009 – 2017
      • Table 21 – Telia Norway revenue – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 22 – Telia Norway revenue by service – 2006 – 2016-7
      • Table 23 – Telia Norway subscriber statistics – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 24 – NextGenTel Holding financial data – 2012 - 2017
      • Table 25 – NextGenTel Holding revenue by sector – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 26 – Telio Norway financial data (historic) – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 27 – Telio Norway subscribers by sector (historic) – 2012 - 2014
      • Table 28 – NextGenTel subscribers by sector – 2011 - 2017
      • Table 29 –Tele2 subscribers by sector (historic) – 2007 - 2014
      • Table 30 – Tele2 financial data by sector (historic) – 2007 - 2014
      • Table 31 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
      • Table 32 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 33 – Fixed lines – PSTN/ISDN – 2000 - 2015
      • Table 34 – Proportion of households with a fixed-line – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 35 – Telenor wholesale lines – PSTN, DSL, LLU – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 36 – Broadband market revenue – 2003 – 2017
      • Table 37 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
      • Table 38 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 39 – Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 40 – Fixed broadband subscribers – 2010 - 2018
      • Table 41 – Annual net adds in broadband connections, by type – 2008 - 2015
      • Table 42 – Broadband market share by technology – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 43 – Superfast broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 44 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2004 - 2016
      • Table 45 – Residential broadband connections by downstream access speed – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 46 – Forecast broadband subscribers – higher market growth scenario – 2016; 2020; 2022
      • Table 47 – Cable subscribers – 1999 - 2017
      • Table 48 – Market share of cable broadband subscribers by provider – 2011 - 2015
      • Table 49 – Get cable broadband revenue – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 50 – Get cable broadband subscribers – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 51 – Cable broadband revenue – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 52 – DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2017
      • Table 53 – Market share of DSL subscribers by provider – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 54 – DSL revenue – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 55 – Telenor retail broadband subscribers and local loops – 2005 - 2017
      • Table 56 – Telio broadband revenue (historic) – 2007 - 2013
      • Table 57 – Telio broadband ARPU (historic) – 2006 - 2013
      • Table 58 – NextGenTel broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 59 – Fibre broadband subscribers (retail) – 2003 - 2017
      • Table 60 – Fibre broadband revenue – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 61 – Fixed subscriptions – VoIP, cable – 2000 - 2016
      • Table 62 – VoIP revenue – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 63 – VoIP traffic and market share – 2005 - 2016
      • Table 64 – Telenor VoIP subscribers (historic) – 2005 - 2010
      • Table 65 – NextGenTel VoIP subscribers – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 66 – Share of pay TV subscribers by operator – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 67 – Broadcasting revenue – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 68 – Broadcasting revenue by sector – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 69 – Proportion of broadcasting revenue by sector – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 70 – Share of TV subscribers by platform – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 71 – Pay TV subscribers by type – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 72 – CATV subscribers – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 73 – Telenor cable subscribers (Norway) – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 74 – Cable TV market share of subscribers by operator – 2011 - 2016
      • Table 75 – Satellite TV revenue – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 76 – Satellite TV subscribers – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 77 – DTTV revenue – 2007 - 2016
      • Table 78 – DTTV (pay) subscribers – 2009 - 2016
      • Table 79 – Get TV subscribers – 2014 - 2017
      • Table 80 – Canal Digital satellite subscribers – 2006 - 2017
      • Table 81 – Canal Digital DTH financial data – 2009 - 2017
      • Table 82 – ViaSat DTH subscriber statistics (Nordics) – 2007 - 2015
      • Table 83 – MTG Nordic Entertainment revenue – 2013 - 2017
      • Table 84 – IPTV (fibre and DSL) subscribers – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 85 – IPTV market share of subscribers by main operators – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 86 – Mobile revenue – 2002 - 2016
      • Table 87 – Mobile revenue by service – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 88 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
      • Table 89 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 90 – Mobile voice traffic – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 91 – Prepaid share of mobile subscribers – 1999; 2005 - 2016
      • Table 92 – Prepaid and contract subscribers –2005 - 2016
      • Table 93 – Telenor Mobile (Norway) contract and prepaid subscribers – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 94 – Market share of subscribers by main provider – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 95 – Revenue market share by provider – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 96 – Historic - Annual SMS sent – 1999 - 2009
      • Table 97 – Annual SMS sent – 2010 - 2017
      • Table 98 – Revenue from SMS services – 2010 - 2016
      • Table 99 – MMS messages sent – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 100 – Standard mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2017
      • Table 101 – Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by provider – 2013 - 2015
      • Table 102 – Mobile data traffic – 2008 - 2016
      • Table 103 – Average mobile data traffic per subscriber – 2010 - 2015
      • Table 104 – Mobile data revenue – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 105 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
      • Table 106 – LTE population and area coverage – 2014 - 2016
      • Table 107 – M2M SIM cards in use – 2006 - 2016
      • Table 108 – Revenue from M2M services – 2012 - 2016
      • Table 109 – Telenor Mobil – mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2017
      • Table 110 – Telenor Mobil financial data – 2005 – 2017
      • Table 111 – Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2004 - 2017
      • Table 112 – Telia mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2017
      • Table 113 – Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2002 - 2017
      • Table 114 – Telia mobile service revenue – 2015 - 2017
      • Table 115 – Mobile Norway (Tele2) subscribers by sector (historic) – 2007 - 2014
      • Table 116 – Mobile Norway (Tele2) financial data by sector (historic) – 2007 - 2014
      • Table 117 – AIMNT (Ice) financial data – 2013 - 2016
      • Table 118 –Ice Norway financial data – 2013 - 2016
      • Chart 1 – Revenue by sector – 2003 – 2016
      • Chart 2 – Proportion of turnover by sector – 2005 – 2016
      • Chart 3 – Telenor fixed-line financial data (Norway) – 2008 – 2017
      • Chart 4 – Telenor Group financial data – 2007 – 2017
      • Chart 5 – Telenor fixed subscribers – 2009 – 2017
      • Chart 6 – Fixed lines in service and penetration – 2005 – 2017
      • Chart 7 – Telenor wholesale lines – PSTN, DSL, LLU – 2004 – 2016
      • Chart 8 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 – 2017
      • Chart 9 – Total fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 – 2018
      • Chart 10 – Broadband market share by technology – 2006 – 2016
      • Chart 11 - Telenor retail broadband subscribers and local loops – 2005 - 2017
      • Chart 12 – Broadcasting revenue share by sector– 2009 - 2016
      • Chart 13 – Share of TV subscribers by platform – 2007 – 2016
      • Chart 14 – Pay TV subscribers by type – 2007 – 2016
      • Chart 15 – Canal Digital DTH financial data – 2009 – 2017
      • Chart 16 – MTG Nordic Entertainment revenue – 2013 – 2017
      • Chart 17 – Mobile revenue by service – 2008 – 2016
      • Chart 18 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2017
      • Chart 19 – Prepaid and contract subscribers –2005 – 2016
      • Chart 20 – Telenor Mobil financial data – 2005 – 2017
      • Chart 21 – Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2004 – 2017
      • Chart 22 – Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2002 – 2017
      • Exhibit 1 – Overview of digital media
      • Exhibit 2 – 3G beauty contest licence results in Norway – 2000; 2003; 2007
      • Exhibit 3 – Multi-spectrum auction results – Dec 2013

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