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

Synopsis

Sweden has a mature mobile market with a high proportion of subscribers on LTE networks. Trials of 5G among MNOs are ongoing, though real developments are expected in 2020 after the regulator makes available spectrum in the 3.4GHz to 3.6GHz range. Services at launch will be among the first offered globally.

Most mobile subscribers make use of mobile broadband, which in many cases is a viable alternative to fixed-line broadband services. Given the capabilities of 5G technologies, mobile broadband is likely to be the main platform for many, particularly in rural areas. This is supported by market competition, which has driven down access pricing. 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, has been made available. 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.

This report assesses key aspects of the Swedish mobile market, providing data on network operators and their strategies in a highly competitive environment. The report reviews the key regulatory issues, including MTRs, roaming and licence conditions. It also covers spectrum licences and auctions, as well as developments in technologies including LTE and 5G.

Key developments:

  • Ice Group sells its LTE provider Netett Sverige;
  • Regulator to auction 3.4-3.8GHz licenses in March 2020;
  • Tele2 and Telia to phase out 3G services by 2025;
  • Telenor launches tri-band LTE to provide data at up to 450Mb/s;
  • Telia trials 5G providing up to 900Mb/s;
  • MNOs launch mobile wallet service joint venture;
  • 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:

Telia Company, Tele2, Hi3G Sweden, Telenor Sweden, Net1

Table of Contents

  • Market analysis

  • Mobile statistics

    • General statistics
  • Mobile infrastructure

    • Analogue
    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G
    • Other infrastructure developments
      • Satellite mobile
    • M2M
    • NB-IoT
  • Mobile voice

  • Mobile data

    • Short Message Service (SMS)
    • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
  • Mobile broadband

  • Regulatory issues

    • Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 450MHz
      • 700MHz
      • 800MHz
      • 900MHz
      • 1800MHz
      • 1.9GHz
      • 3.4-3.5GHz
      • 3.6-3.8GHz
      • 3.5-3.8GHz
      • 2.3GHz
      • 2.6GHz
      • 26.5-27.5GHz
      • 28GHz
    • Roaming
    • Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
    • Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)
    • Network sharing
  • Major mobile operators

    • Telia Mobile
    • Tele2 Mobile
    • Telenor Mobile
    • Net4Mobility
    • Hutchison 3G Sweden
    • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs)
  • Mobile content and applications

    • Location-based services
    • Mobile music
    • Other developments
    • M-payments
  • Appendix – Historic data

  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile data services traffic – 2002 – 2009
  • Table 3 – Historic – Mobile voice and data revenue – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 4 – Average mobile traffic per subscriber – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 5 – Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 6 – Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2001 – 2008
  • Table 7 – Active prepaid and contract subscribers – 2000- 2009
  • Table 8 – Historic - GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) – 1999 – 2011
  • Table 9 – Historic - Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 1995 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers, and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 2 – Change in the number of GSM, UMTS and LTE subscribers – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Change in subscriber distribution by technology – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Growth in mobile voice and data revenue – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Growth in mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Growth in average mobile traffic per subscriber – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Average mobile blended ARPU – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Market share of subscribers by operator – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Active prepaid and contract subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Chart 10 – Growth in the number of LTE subscriptions – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Growth in mobile data traffic from LTE networks – 2015 – 2018
  • Chart 12 – Growth in the number of M2M connections – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Growth in M2M revenue – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – Monthly SMS volumes per user – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 15 – Growth in SMS traffic, by platform – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 16 – Growth in the number of MMS messages sent – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 17 – Growth in the number of MMS messages sent per subscriber – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 18 – Growth in mobile data services traffic – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 19 – Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers by type – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 20 – Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 21 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 22 – Change in mobile termination revenue traffic and revenue – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 23 – Telia Mobile subscribers, proportion prepaid – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 24 – Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 25 – Telia Mobile mobile revenue – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 26 – Growth in the number of Tele2 mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 27 – Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) financial data – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 28 – Telenor Mobile financial data – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 29 – Growth in the number of Telenor Mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 30 – Decline in Telenor’s blended mobile ARPU (Sweden) – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 31 – Change in the number of Hi3G registered subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 32 – Hi3G revenue (Sweden) –2010 – 2019
  • Chart 33 – Hi3G annualised net ARPU – 2008 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – UMTS licence awards in Sweden – 2000
  • Exhibit 2 – 700MHz auction result – 2018
  • 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 – Hi3G spectrum concessions –2018
  • Exhibit 7 – Select MVNOs and host networks

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Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
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Number of pages 78

Status Current

Last updated 23 Sep 2019
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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