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

Synopsis

Sweden has one of the most developed markets for LTE services, while 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 now make use of LTE services, which for many customers provide a viable alternative to fixed-line broadband. 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 450MHz and 900MHz bands has been put to digital use to provide a national mobile broadband service. Spectrum in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands is also providing MNOs with additional capabilities for their LTE networks.

Operators are in great need of additional spectrum, which was to be addressed by the release of frequencies in the 700MHz band by the end of 2016. However, the regulator’s plan to auction this spectrum was abandoned following the government’s decision that the spectrum would be used by broadcasters through to May 2018.

Key developments:

Regulator abandons 700MHz spectrum auction, identifies 3.5GH band as suitable for 5G services; H3 secures remaining block of spectrum in the 1800MHz band; Tele2 secures additional loan to expand LTE infrastructure; Net4Mobililty network to provide 90% geographic coverage by end-2016; Telenor launches tri-band LTE to provide data at up to 450Mb/s; Telia signs up for Ericsson M2M platform; Net 1 upgrades network with CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev B technology in the 450MHz band; H3 launches LTE TDD/FDD dual-mode network; MNOs launch mobile wallet service JV; regulator assigns additional 1800MHz spectrum with generous terms; report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2015, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia, Tele2, H3 Sweden, Telenor Sweden, Net 1.

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 Premium SMS (PSMS)
      • 3.3.3 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • 3.4 Mobile broadband
    • 3.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
      • 3.5.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 4.1.1 700MHz
      • 4.1.2 800MHz
      • 4.1.3 900MHz
      • 4.1.4 1800MHz
      • 4.1.5 1.9GHz
      • 4.1.6 3.5GHz
      • 4.1.7 3.6-3.8GHz
      • 4.1.8 2.3GHz
      • 4.1.9 2.6GHz
      • 4.1.10 28GHz
    • 4.2 Roaming
    • 4.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • 4.4 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • 4.5 Network sharing
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Analogue
    • 5.2 Digital networks
      • 5.2.1 Third Generation (3G
      • 5.2.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • 5.2.3 5G developments
    • 5.3 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.3.1 General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • 5.3.2 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • 5.3.3 Evolved HSPA (HSPA+)
      • 5.3.4 High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data (HSCSD)
      • 5.3.5 Enhanced Data for GSM evolution (EDGE)
    • 5.4 Satellite mobile
    • 5.5 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
    • 5.6 Femtocells
    • 5.7 M2M networks
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Telia Mobile
    • 6.2 Tele2 Mobile
    • 6.3 Telenor Mobile
    • 6.4 Net4Mobility
    • 6.5 Hutchison 3G Sweden
    • 6.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • 6.7 Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs)
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 Location-based services
    • 7.2 Mobile music
    • 7.3 Other developments
    • 7.4 M-payments
    • 7.5 Mobile TV
  • 8. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Historic - GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) – 1999 - 2009
  • Table 4 – GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 5 – Subscriber distribution by technology – 2001 - 2015
  • Table 6 – Historic – Mobile voice and data revenue – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
  • Table 7 – Mobile voice and data revenue – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 8 – Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2001 - 2015
  • Table 9 – Average mobile blended ARPU – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Historic - Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 11 – Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2010 - 2015
  • Table 12 – Active prepaid and contract subscribers – 2000- 2015
  • Table 13 – Monthly SMS volumes per user – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 14 – Annual SMS volumes – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 15 – SMS revenue – 2011 – 2015
  • Table 16 – MMS messages sent – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 17 – MMS messaging revenue – 2011 - 2015
  • Table 18 – Monthly MMS volumes per user – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 19 – Mobile data services traffic – 2002 - 2015
  • Table 20 – Mobile data revenue – 2002 - 2015
  • Table 21 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 22 – Mobile broadband market share by operator – 2007 - 2015
  • Table 23 – Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2016; 2018; 2021
  • Table 25 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 27 – Mobile termination revenue traffic and revenue – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 28 – 3G/CDMA subscribers – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 29 – LTE subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 30 – M2M connections – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 31 – M2M revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 32 – Telia Mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 33 – Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 34 – Telia Mobile mobile revenue – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 35 – Tele2 mobile subscribers – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 36 – Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) mobile financial data – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 37 –Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) blended ARPU (historic) – 2006 - 2012
  • Table 38 – Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data – 2004 - 2016
  • Table 39 – Telenor Mobile Sweden subscribers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 40 – Telenor blended mobile ARPU (Sweden) – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 41 – H3 registered subscribers – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 42 – H3 revenue (Sweden and Denmark) –2008 -2 010
  • Table 43 – H3 revenue (Sweden) –2010 - 2016
  • Table 44 – H3 annualised ARPU – 2008 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 - 2017
  • Chart 2 – Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2003 - 2015
  • Chart 3 – Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2005 – 2015
  • Chart 4 – Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU – 2004 - 2016
  • Chart 5 – Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) financial data – 2005 - 2016
  • Chart 6 – Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data – 2004 - 2016
  • Exhibit 1 – Premium SMS market overview
  • Exhibit 2 – UMTS licence awards in Sweden – 2000
  • Exhibit 3 – 800MHz licence awards in Sweden – 2011
  • Exhibit 4 – 1800MHz licence awards in Sweden – Oct 2011
  • Exhibit 5 – 2.6GHz licence awards in Sweden – May 2008
  • Exhibit 6 – MVNOs and host networks

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Last updated 11 Nov 2016
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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