Iceland - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Executive summary

Iceland completes multi-band spectrum auction for LTE services

There is effective competition in Iceland’s mobile and broadband markets, with a number of players having emerged to challenge the dominance of the two leading players Síminn and Vodafone Iceland. Vodafone Iceland in late 2017 secured regulatory approval for its acquisition of most of the telecoms and media interests of 365 Media, which has struggled in the telecoms sector in recent years. The new entrant Nova has become the leading player in the mobile market, and has quickly expanded its presence in the fixed-line segment.

The telecom market retained some resilience following the economic downturn of 2008, and it has continued to show solid growth in recent years, supported by continuing investment in mobile and fixed-line broadband infrastructure. The government has also supported Next Generation Access networks, particularly in rural areas.

Key developments:

  • Regulator concludes auction of spectrum in the 700MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands;
  • Capital Advisers acquires Nova;
  • Vodafone Iceland extends 500Mb/s FttP service to northern areas of Iceland;
  • Síminn’s LTE network delivering data at up to 300Mb/s;
  • Vodafone Iceland secures regulatory approval for its acquisition of 365 Media businesses;
  • Regulator reduces MTRs effective from January 2018;
  • LTE licensees providing 99% population coverage.
  • Report update includes the regulator’s annual report for 2016 and market data to June 2017, operator data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone Iceland, Síminn, Nova, Tal, 365 Media.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive summary
  • 2. Key statistics
  • 3. Country overview
  • 4. Telecommunications market
    • 4.1 Historical overview
  • 5. Regulatory environment
    • 5.1 Historical overview
    • 5.2 Regulatory authority
    • 5.3 Privatisation
    • 5.4 Interconnect
    • 5.5 Access
    • 5.6 Number Portability (NP)
    • 5.7 Carrier preselection (CPS)
  • 6. Fixed-network operators
    • 6.1 Síminn
    • 6.2 Vodafone Iceland
  • 7. Telecommunications infrastructure
    • 7.1 Overview of the national telecom network
    • 7.2 VoIP
    • 7.3 International infrastructure
  • 8. Fixed-line broadband market
    • 8.1 Market analysis
      • 8.1.1 Broadband statistics
      • 8.1.2 Government policies
    • 8.2 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • 8.3.1 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 8.3.2 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • 8.3.3 Other fixed broadband services
      • 8.3.4 Videostreaming
  • 9. Mobile market
    • 9.1 Market analysis
    • 9.2 Mobile statistics
      • 9.2.1 General statistics
      • 9.2.2 Mobile data services
      • 9.2.3 Mobile broadband
    • 9.3 Regulatory issues
      • 9.3.1 Roaming
      • 9.3.2 Network sharing
      • 9.3.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • 9.3.4 Licensing
      • 9.3.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.3.6 Spectrum auctions
    • 9.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.4.1 Analogue networks
      • 9.4.2 Digital networks
    • 9.5 M2M networks
    • 9.6 Major mobile operators
    • 9.7 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
    • 9.8 Mobile content and applications
      • 9.8.1 Mobile TV
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Country statistics Iceland – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (Jun)
  • Table 5 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – National telecommunications authority
  • Table 7 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Telecom market investment by sector – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Fixed number portings – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 10 – Skipti financial data – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 11 – Historic - Fixed-line access channels: PSTN and ISDN – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
  • Table 12 – Fixed-line access channels: PSTN and ISDN – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Fixed-line (PSTN) subscribers by operator – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 14 – Fixed-line subscriber market share by operator – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Fixed-line traffic (PSTN/ISDN) – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Fixed-line revenue – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 17 – VoIP subscribers – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 18 – IP phone subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 19 – International internet bandwidth – 2001 - 2016
  • Table 20 – Dial-up internet calls – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 21 – Internet and data revenue – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 - 2009
  • Table 23 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Total broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 25 – Broadband penetration by access type – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 26 – Annual growth in DSL and fibre lines – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 27 – Broadband subscribers by operator – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 28 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
  • Table 29 – DSL subscribers by operator – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 30 – Proportion of broadband connections by speed (Mb/s) – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Fibre subscribers by operator – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 32 – Satellite broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 33 – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 34 – IPTV subscriptions by platform – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 35 – IPTV subscriptions by provider – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 36 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 37 – Mobile voice subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 38 – Mobile market share of voice subscribers by operator– 2006 - 2017
  • Table 39 – Mobile voice traffic – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 40 – Historic - Mobile subscribers: analogue and GSM – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2012
  • Table 41 – Mobile voice subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 42 – Mobile services revenue – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 43 – Prepaid and contract market subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 44 – Prepaid subscribers by operator – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 45 – Mobile data traffic by operator – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 46 – Mobile data traffic by type – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 47 – Mobile data-only subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 48 – Total SMS traffic by operator – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 49 – Total MMS traffic by operator – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 50 – Mobile broadband subscribers by operator (voice and data) – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 51 – Mobile broadband data only subscribers – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 52 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 53 – European roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 54 – Mobile numbers ported – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 55 – Active mobile phone cards by type – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 56 – Proportion of active GMS and UMTS cards – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 57 – M2M subscriptions – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 58 – Vodafone Iceland financial data – 2012 – 2017
  • Chart 1 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Telecom market investment by sector – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Skipti financial data – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – Fixed-line subscribers by operator – 2006 – 2016
  • Chart 5 – Fixed-line traffic (PSTN/ISDN) – 2000 – 2017
  • Chart 6 – Fixed-line revenue – 2007 – 2017
  • Chart 7 – Total broadband subscribers by type – 2003 – 2017
  • Chart 8 – Broadband subscribers by operator – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 9 – Mobile market share of voice subscribers by operator– 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 10 – Mobile data traffic by type – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 11 – Active GMS and UMTS cards – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 12 – Proportion of active GMS and UMTS cards – 2008 – 2017

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