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

Synopsis

Sweden has a mature mobile market with a high proportion of subscribers on LTE networks. The incumbent provider Telia is preparing to launch 5G services during 2018, which would be one of the first such services globally.

A significant proportion of mobile subscribers make use of mobile broadband as a viable alternative to fixed-line broadband services. The market has been enervated by greater consumer take-up for mobile data services as competition has forced down prices. With the closing down of the analogue network, spectrum in the 900MHz bands has been put to use for mobile services, while spectrum in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands is also providing MNOs with additional capabilities for their LTE networks. Additional spectrum, particularly in the 450MHz and 700MHz bands, is to be made available during 2018. The government and regulator are working on strategies to improve broadband services nationally by 2025, and these are largely focussed on the provision of upgraded LTE and 5G technologies.

Key developments:

  • Hi3G contracts Ericsson to upgrade network and prepare for 5G;
  • Regulator aiming to make 400MHz of 3.4-3.8GHz band available for 5G in 2019;
  • Tele2 and Telia to phase out 3G services by 2025;
  • H3G and Telia using NB-IoT networks for smart metering programs;
  • H3G secures remaining block of spectrum in the 1800MHz band;
  • Regulator proposes releasing up to 1.2GHz of spectrum for 5G trial licenses;
  • Telenor launches tri-band LTE to provide data at up to 450Mb/s;
  • Telia trials LTE providing up to 757Mb/s;
  • Telia signs up for Ericsson M2M platform;
  • MNOs launch mobile wallet service joint venture;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2017, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q1 2018, recent market developments.
  • Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia, Tele2, Hi3G Sweden, Telenor Sweden, Net 1.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
  • 4. Mobile infrastructure
    • 4.1 Analogue
    • 4.2 5G
    • 4.3 4G (LTE)
    • 4.4 3G
    • 4.5 Other infrastructure developments
      • 4.5.1 Satellite mobile
    • 4.6 M2M
    • 4.7 NB-IoT
  • 5. Mobile voice
  • 6. Mobile data
    • 6.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
    • 6.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
  • 7. Mobile broadband
  • 8. Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 9. Regulatory issues
    • 9.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 9.1.1 450MHz
      • 9.1.2 700MHz
      • 9.1.3 800MHz
      • 9.1.4 900MHz
      • 9.1.5 1800MHz
      • 9.1.6 1.9GHz
      • 9.1.7 3.5GHz
      • 9.1.8 3.6-3.8GHz
      • 9.1.9 2.3GHz
      • 9.1.10 2.6GHz
      • 9.1.11 28GHz
    • 9.2 Roaming
    • 9.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 9.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • 9.5 Network sharing
  • 10. Major mobile operators
    • 10.1 Telia Mobile
    • 10.2 Tele2 Mobile
    • 10.3 Telenor Mobile
    • 10.4 Net4Mobility
    • 10.5 Hutchison 3G Sweden
    • 10.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 10.7 Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs)
  • 11. Mobile content and applications
    • 11.1 Location-based services
    • 11.2 Mobile music
    • 11.3 Other developments
    • 11.4 M-payments
  • 12. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 3 – Historic - GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 4 – GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Subscriber distribution by technology – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Historic – Mobile voice and data revenue – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
  • Table 7 – Mobile voice and data revenue – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2001 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Average mobile blended ARPU – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 10 – Historic - Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 11 – Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Active prepaid and contract subscribers – 2000- 2015
  • Table 13 – LTE subscribers – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 14 – 3G/CDMA subscribers – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 15 – M2M connections – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 16 – M2M revenue – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Monthly SMS volumes per user – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 18 – Annual SMS volumes – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 19 – SMS revenue – 2011 – 2015
  • Table 20 – MMS messages sent – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 21 – MMS messaging revenue – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 22 – Monthly MMS volumes per user – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 23 – Mobile data services traffic – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Mobile data revenue – 2002 - 2015
  • Table 25 – Mobile broadband subscribers by type – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 27 – Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 28 – Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 30 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 32 – Mobile termination revenue traffic and revenue – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 33 – Telia Mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 34 – Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 35 – Telia Mobile mobile revenue – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 36 – Tele2 mobile subscribers – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 37 – Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) mobile financial data – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 38 – Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data – 2004 - 2018
  • Table 39 – Telenor Mobile Sweden subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 40 – Telenor blended mobile ARPU (Sweden) – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 41 – Hi3G registered subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 42 – Hi3G revenue (Sweden and Denmark) –2008 -2 010
  • Table 43 – Hi3G revenue (Sweden) –2010 - 2017
  • Table 44 – Hi3G annualised ARPU – 2008 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 - 2018
  • Chart 2 – Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2003 - 2017
  • Chart 3 – Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2005 – 2016
  • Chart 4 – Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2007 – 2016
  • Chart 5 – Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU – 2004 - 2018
  • Chart 6 – Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) financial data – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 7 – Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data – 2004 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – UMTS licence awards in Sweden – 2000
  • Exhibit 2 – 800MHz licence awards in Sweden – 2011
  • Exhibit 3 – 1800MHz licence awards in Sweden – Oct 2011
  • Exhibit 4 – 2.6GHz licence awards in Sweden – May 2008
  • Exhibit 5 – Hi3G spectrum concessions –2018
  • Exhibit 6 – MVNOs and host networks

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
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Last updated 30 May 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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