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 market is well advanced in LTE developments, with both Telenor and Telia spearheading networks in the region. Both operators are looking to close their 3G and 2G networks (by 2020 and 2025 respectively), focussing instead of developing LTE and the forthcoming 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.

There has been further consolidation in the mobile market, with Telia acquiring Phonero in November 2016 (paying NOK2.3 billion) and in the process increasing its market share to around 27%. The deal secured regulatory approval in April 2017 and by April 2018 customers had been migrated to Telia’s network.

The mobile broadband sector is set to improve further following the auction of spectrum in the 900MHz band in May 2018. Additional spectrum in the 700MHz band is expected to be made available for mobile broadband sue from November 2019.

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 such as SMS, mobile TV and mobile broadband.

Key developments:

  • Regulator makes progress in 700MHz and 2.1GHz licensing scheduled for 2019;
  • Telenor Group assigned to manage a major European 5G project, sets up a second IoT lab;
  • Telia Norway and Telenor secure 900MHz spectrum in May 2018 auction;
  • 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 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile voice
    • 3.3 Mobile data
      • 3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 3.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • 3.4 Mobile broadband
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 4.1.1 GSM
      • 4.1.2 3G
      • 4.1.3 2.3GHz
      • 4.1.4 2.5 - 2.6GHz
      • 4.1.5 2GHz
      • 4.1.6 1.8GHz.
      • 4.1.7 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz
      • 4.1.8 1800MHz
      • 4.1.9 900MHz
      • 4.1.10 700MHz
      • 4.1.11 Other spectrum
    • 4.2 Roaming
    • 4.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.4 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Analogue networks
    • 5.2 Digital networks
      • 5.2.1 5G
      • 5.2.2 4G (LTE)
      • 5.2.3 3G
    • 5.3 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.3.1 Internet of Things (IoT)
      • 5.3.2 Machine-to-Machine (M2M) networks
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Telenor Mobil
      • 6.1.1 Network contracts
    • 6.2 Telia
    • 6.3 Mobile Norway
    • 6.4 Teletopia
    • 6.5 Ice
    • 6.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 Location-based services
    • 7.2 M-commerce
    • 7.3 Mobile TV
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Mobile revenue – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 2 – Mobile revenue by service – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
  • Table 4 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2019
  • Table 5 – Mobile voice traffic – 2004 - 2019
  • Table 6 – Prepaid share of mobile subscribers – 1999; 2005 - 2017
  • Table 7 – Prepaid and contract subscribers –2005 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Telenor Mobile (Norway) contract and prepaid subscribers – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Market share of mobile subscribers by main provider – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Revenue market share by provider – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Historic - Annual SMS sent – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 12 – Annual SMS sent – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Revenue from SMS services – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 14 – MMS messages sent – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Standard mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2019
  • Table 16 – Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by provider – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Mobile data traffic – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 19 – Average mobile data traffic per subscriber – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 20 – Mobile data revenue – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 22 – MNP net gains/losses by operator – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 23 – M2M SIM cards in use – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 24 – M2M SIM revenue by provider – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 25 – Revenue from M2M services – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Telenor Mobil – mobile subscribers – 2001 - 2018
  • Table 27 – Telenor Mobil financial data – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 28 – Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 29 – Telia mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 30 – Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 31 – Telia mobile service revenue – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 32 – Mobile Norway (Tele2) subscribers by sector (historic) – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 33 – Mobile Norway (Tele2) financial data by sector (historic) – 2007 - 2014
  • Table 34 – Ice Group financial data – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 35 –Ice Norway financial data – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 36 –Ice Norway mobile subscribers – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 37 –MVNO subscribers – 2014 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Mobile revenue by service – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2002 - 2019
  • Chart 3 – Prepaid and contract subscribers –2005 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – Telenor Mobil financial data – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2004 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid – 2002 – 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – 3G beauty contest licence results in Norway – 2000; 2003; 2007
  • Exhibit 2 – Multi-spectrum auction results – Dec 2013

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Last updated 3 Sep 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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