Iceland - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Iceland looking to build another submarine cable to Ireland and UK

Iceland has one of the smallest yet most progressive telecom markets in Europe. There is effective competition in the mobile and broadband markets, with a number of players having emerged to challenge the dominance of the two leading players the two main players Síminn and Sýn, which have interests in numerous sectors. Sýn was formerly Vodafone Iceland which was rebranded to reflect the company’s move into broadband and broadcasting following its December 2017 acquisition of most of the telecoms and media interests of 365 Media. 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 has shown some resilience in recent years following the significant economic downturn a decade ago, supported by continuing investment in mobile and fixed-line broadband infrastructure by operators and well as by the government’s Telecommunications Fund which is supporting Next Generation Access networks, particularly in rural areas.

Key developments:

  • Government adds ISK450 million to Telecommunications Fund for fibre network builds;
  • Farice planning new IRIS submarine cable to Ireland;
  • Sýn extends 500Mb/s FttP service to northern areas of Iceland;
  • Síminn's LTE network delivering data at up to 300Mb/s;
  • Regulator reduces MTRs effective to December 2019;
  • LTE licensees providing 99% population coverage;
  • Report update includes the regulator's report for 2017, market data to June 2018, operator data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

  • Country overview

  • Telecommunications market

    • Historical overview
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Privatisation
    • Interconnect
    • Access
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Carrier preselection (CPS)
  • Fixed-network operators

    • Síminn
    • Sýn
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • VoIP
    • International infrastructure
  • Fixed-line broadband market

    • Market analysis
      • Broadband statistics
      • Government policies
    • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Fixed-line broadband technologies
      • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • Other fixed broadband services
      • Videostreaming
  • Mobile market

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • Analogue networks
      • Digital networks
    • M2M networks
      • Mobile data services
      • Mobile broadband
    • Regulatory issues
      • Roaming
      • Network sharing
      • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
      • Licensing
      • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
      • Spectrum auctions
    • Major mobile operators
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities – Iceland – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Telecom market investment by sector – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Fixed number portings – 2013 – 2017
  • Table 5 – Síminn Group financial data – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Síminn revenue by type – 2016 – 2018
  • Table 7 – Sýn (Vodafone Iceland) financial data – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 8 – Historic - Fixed-line access channels: PSTN and ISDN – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 9 – Fixed-line access channels: PSTN and ISDN – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 10 – Fixed-line total access channels (incl VoIP) – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Fixed-line (PSTN) subscribers by operator – 2006 – 2016
  • Table 12 – Total fixed-line subscribers by operator – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 13 – Fixed-line subscriber market share by operator – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Fixed-line traffic (PSTN/ISDN) – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Fixed-line revenue – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 16 – VoIP subscribers – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 17 – IP phone subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 18 – International internet bandwidth – 2001 – 2016
  • Table 19 – Dial-up internet calls – 2007 – 2017
  • Table 20 – Internet and data revenue – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 21 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 – 2009
  • Table 22 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 23 – Total broadband subscribers – 2001 – 2018
  • Table 24 – Broadband penetration by access type – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 25 – Annual growth in DSL and fibre lines – 2001 – 2017
  • Table 26 – Broadband subscribers by operator – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 27 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 28 – DSL subscribers by operator – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 29 – Proportion of broadband connections by speed, old style (Mb/s) – 2015 – 2017
  • Table 30 – Proportion of broadband connections by speed, new style (Mb/s) – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 31 – Fibre subscribers by operator – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 32 – Fibre market share of fixed broadband connections – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 33 – Satellite broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 34 – Wireless broadband subscribers – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 35 – IPTV subscriptions by platform – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 36 – IPTV subscriptions by provider – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 37 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 38 – Mobile voice subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 39 – Mobile market share of voice subscribers by operator– 2006 – 2018
  • Table 40 – Mobile voice traffic – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 41 – Historic - Mobile subscribers: analogue and GSM – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2012
  • Table 42 – Mobile voice subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 43 – Mobile services revenue – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 44 – Prepaid and contract market subscribers – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 45 – Prepaid subscribers by operator – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 46 – Active mobile phone cards by type – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 47 – Proportion of active GMS and UMTS cards – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 48 – M2M subscriptions – 2013 – 2018
  • Table 49 – Mobile data traffic by operator – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 50 – Mobile data traffic by type – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 51 – Mobile data-only subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 52 – Total SMS traffic by operator – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 53 – Total MMS traffic by operator – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 54 – Mobile broadband subscribers by operator (voice and data) – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 55 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 56 – Mobile broadband data only subscribers – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 57 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 58 – European roaming charges – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 59 – Mobile numbers ported – 2013 – 2017

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Telecom market investment by sector – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Síminn Group financial data – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Sýn (Vodafone Iceland) financial data – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Fixed-line traffic (PSTN/ISDN) – 2000 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Fixed-line revenue – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Total broadband subscribers by type – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Broadband subscribers by operator – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Proportion of broadband connections by speed, new style (Mb/s) – 2015 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Mobile voice subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – Mobile market share of voice subscribers by operator– 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 12 – Active GMS and UMTS cards – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 13 – Proportion of active GMS and UMTS cards – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – Mobile data traffic by type – 2008 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Spectrum auction results (700MHz, 800MHz, 2.1GHz, 26.8GHz) – June 2017

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