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 sets February 2018 date for a 450MHz spectrum auction, identifies 3.5GH band as suitable for 5G services; Telia expected to commercialise 5G services in 2018; AINMT rebrands as Ice Group; Hi3G 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 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2017, 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
    • 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
    • 3.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • 3.5.1 Notes on forecast methodology
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 4.1.1 450MHz
      • 4.1.2 700MHz
      • 4.1.3 800MHz
      • 4.1.4 900MHz
      • 4.1.5 1800MHz
      • 4.1.6 1.9GHz
      • 4.1.7 3.5GHz
      • 4.1.8 3.6-3.8GHz
      • 4.1.9 2.3GHz
      • 4.1.10 2.6GHz
      • 4.1.11 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 Enhanced Data for GSM evolution (EDGE)
    • 5.4 Satellite mobile
    • 5.5 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
  • 8. 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 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Subscriber distribution by technology – 2001 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Historic – Mobile voice and data revenue – 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
  • Table 7 – Mobile voice and data revenue – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 8 – Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2001 - 2016
  • Table 9 – Average mobile blended ARPU – 2000 - 2016
  • 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 – Monthly SMS volumes per user – 2000 - 2016
  • 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 - 2016
  • Table 19 – Mobile data services traffic – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 20 – Mobile data revenue – 2002 - 2015
  • Table 21 – Mobile broadband subscribers – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 22 – Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 23 – Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 25 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 27 – Mobile termination revenue traffic and revenue – 2000 - 2016
  • Table 28 – 3G/CDMA subscribers – 2014 - 2015
  • Table 29 – LTE subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 30 – M2M connections – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 31 – M2M revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 32 – Telia Mobile subscribers – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 33 – Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 34 – Telia Mobile mobile revenue – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 35 – Tele2 mobile subscribers – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 36 – Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) mobile financial data – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 37 – Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 38 – Telenor Mobile Sweden subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 39 – Telenor blended mobile ARPU (Sweden) – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 40 – Hi3G registered subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 41 – Hi3G revenue (Sweden and Denmark) –2008 -2 010
  • Table 42 – Hi3G revenue (Sweden) –2010 - 2017
  • Table 43 – 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 - 2016
  • 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 - 2017
  • Chart 6 – Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) financial data – 2005 - 2017
  • Chart 7 – Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data – 2004 - 2017
  • 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 – MVNOs and host networks

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Status Current

Last updated 12 Oct 2017
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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