Norway - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Norway’s mobile market is dominated by Telenor Mobil and Telia (formerly NetCom before being rebranded in 2016). The joint venture Mobile Norway was part-owned by Tele2 until the failure of Tele2 to secure spectrum at auction in December 2013 led the company to sell its Norwegian operations. This directly benefitted the new entrant Ice.net, owned by AINMT Holdings, which did secure spectrum at auction and which gained Network Norway’s customer base as part of the deal enforced by the telecom regulator. Voice and data services from these operators are supplemented by those from a growing number of MVNOs.

The country has near comprehensive LTE coverage, while both Telenor and Telia are looking to close their 3G and 2G networks (by 2020 and 2025 respectively), focussing instead on LTE and 5G technologies.

The mobile broadband sector has been bolstered by the auction of spectrum in the 900MHz band in May 2018 and in the 700MHz and 21MHz band in June 2019. Additional spectrum in the 700MHz band is expected to be auctioned for mobile broadband use (5G) in 2021.

This report profiles Norway’s 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.

Key developments:

  • Regulator completes 700MHz auction, consults on release of additional spectrum for 5G;
  • Telenor Group assigned to manage a major European 5G project, sets up a second IoT lab;
  • Telenor partners with Huawei to trial 5G technologies;
  • Telia achieves speeds of 1Gb/s on its LTE infrastructure;
  • Telenor looks to VoLTE as it aims to close its 2G and 3G networks by 2025;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2018, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telenor Mobil, Telia (NetCom), Mobile Norway, Teletopia, Tele2.

Table of Contents

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • General statistics
    • Mobile voice
    • Mobile data
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • Mobile broadband
  • Regulatory issues

    • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • GSM
      • 3G
      • 2.3GHz
      • 2.5 - 2.6GHz
      • 2GHz
      • 1.8GHz.
      • 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz
      • 1800MHz
      • 900MHz
      • 700MHz
      • Other spectrum
    • Roaming
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • Analogue networks
    • Digital networks
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
    • Other infrastructure developments
      • Internet of Things (IoT)
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M) networks
  • Major mobile operators

    • Telenor Mobil
      • Network contracts
    • Telia Norway
    • Mobile Norway
    • Teletopia
    • Ice
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • Mobile content and applications

    • Location-based services
    • M-commerce
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Market share of mobile subscribers by main provider – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 2 – Revenue market share by provider – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 3 –Ice Norway mobile subscribers – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 4 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 5 –Historic - Mobile voice traffic – 2004 – 2009
  • Table 6 –Historic - Mobile revenue – 2002 – 2009
  • Table 7 – Historic - Prepaid share of mobile subscribers – 1999; 2005 – 2009
  • Table 8 – Historic - Annual SMS sent – 1999 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Change in mobile revenue – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Change in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 3 – Slowing growth in mobile voice traffic – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 4 – Change in mobile voice traffic by type – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Declining share of prepaid mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers –2009 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Declining share of Telenor Norway’s prepaid subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Decline in the number of SMS sent – 2010 – 2020
  • Chart 9 – Decline in the number of standard mobile broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2020
  • Chart 10 – Growth in active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 11 – Change in market share of mobile broadband subscribers by provider – 2013 – 2017
  • Chart 12 – Strong growth in mobile data traffic – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Change in mobile data revenue – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – Decline in revenue from roaming services – 2013 – 2018
  • Chart 15 – Growth in the number of M2M cards in use – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 16 – M2M SIM revenue by provider – 2013 – 2017
  • Chart 17 – Growth in revenue from M2M services – 2012 – 2017
  • Chart 18 – Change in Telenor Mobil’s mobile subscribers by type – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 19 – Change in Telenor Mobil’s financial data – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 20 – Evolution of Telenor Mobil’s ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 21 – Development of Telia Norway’s mobile subscriber base – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 22 – Change in Telia Norway’s mobile ARPU – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 23 – Change in Telia Norway’s mobile service revenue – 2015 – 2019
  • Chart 24 – Change in Ice Scandinavia financial data – 2013 – 2019
  • Chart 25 – Change in Ice Norway financial data – 2014 – 2019
  • Chart 26 – Decline in the number of MVNO subscribers – 2014 – 2017

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – 3G beauty contest licence results in Norway – 2000; 2003; 2007
  • Exhibit 2 – Multi-spectrum auction results – Dec 2013

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
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Number of pages 65

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Last updated 10 Sep 2019
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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