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 2017 and market data to December 2017, operator data to Q1 2018, 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
    • 9.3 Mobile infrastructure
      • 9.3.1 Analogue networks
      • 9.3.2 Digital networks
    • 9.4 M2M networks
      • 9.4.1 Mobile data services
      • 9.4.2 Mobile broadband
    • 9.5 Regulatory issues
      • 9.5.1 Roaming
      • 9.5.2 Network sharing
      • 9.5.3 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • 9.5.4 Licensing
      • 9.5.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • 9.5.6 Spectrum auctions
    • 9.6 Major mobile operators
    • 9.7 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
    • 9.8 Mobile content and applications
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Iceland – 2017
  • Table 2 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Telecom market investment by sector – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Fixed number portings – 2013 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Skipti financial data – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 6 – Historic - Fixed-line access channels: PSTN and ISDN – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
  • Table 7 – Fixed-line access channels: PSTN and ISDN – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Fixed-line (PSTN) subscribers by operator – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Fixed-line subscriber market share by operator – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Fixed-line traffic (PSTN/ISDN) – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Fixed-line revenue – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 12 – VoIP subscribers – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 13 – IP phone subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 14 – International internet bandwidth – 2001 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Dial-up internet calls – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Internet and data revenue – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 - 2009
  • Table 18 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Total broadband subscribers – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 20 – Broadband penetration by access type – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 21 – Annual growth in DSL and fibre lines – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Broadband subscribers by operator – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 23 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
  • Table 24 – DSL subscribers by operator – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 25 – Proportion of broadband connections by speed (Mb/s) – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Fibre subscribers by operator – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 27 – Satellite broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 28 – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 29 – IPTV subscriptions by platform – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 30 – IPTV subscriptions by provider – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 32 – Mobile voice subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 33 – Mobile market share of voice subscribers by operator– 2006 - 2017
  • Table 34 – Mobile voice traffic – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 35 – Historic - Mobile subscribers: analogue and GSM – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2012
  • Table 36 – Mobile voice subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 37 – Mobile services revenue – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 38 – Prepaid and contract market subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 39 – Prepaid subscribers by operator – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 40 – Active mobile phone cards by type – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 41 – Proportion of active GMS and UMTS cards – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 42 – M2M subscriptions – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 43 – Mobile data traffic by operator – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 44 – Mobile data traffic by type – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 45 – Mobile data-only subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 46 – Total SMS traffic by operator – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 47 – Total MMS traffic by operator – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 48 – Mobile broadband subscribers by operator (voice and data) – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 49 – Mobile broadband data only subscribers – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 50 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 51 – European roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 52 – Mobile numbers ported – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 53 – 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 – Active GMS and UMTS cards – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 11 – Proportion of active GMS and UMTS cards – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 12 – Mobile data traffic by type – 2008 – 2017

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