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 2019 after the regulator makes available spectrum in the 3.4GHz to 3.6GHz range which was auctioned in October 2018. Services at launch will be among the first offered 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, 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:

  • Hi3G contracts Ericsson to upgrade network and prepare for 5G, secures remaining block of spectrum in the 1800MHz band;
  • Regulator calls for underused 3.4-3.8GHz licenses to be redistributed for 5G in 2019;
  • Tele2 and Telia to phase out 3G services by 2025;
  • Hi3G and Telia using NB-IoT networks for smart metering programs;
  • Telenor launches tri-band LTE to provide data at up to 450Mb/s;
  • Telia trials LTE providing up to 757Mb/s, contracts Ericsson for 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 Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

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

  • Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023

  • 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
  • Related reports


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 3 – Historic - GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) – 1999 – 2011
  • Table 4 – GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) – 2012 – 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 traffic per subscriber – 2001 – 2017
  • Table 10 – Average mobile blended ARPU – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 11 – Historic - Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 12 – Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Active prepaid and contract subscribers – 2000- 2017
  • Table 14 – LTE subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 15 – 3G/CDMA subscribers – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 16 – M2M connections – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 17 – M2M revenue – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 18 – Monthly SMS volumes per user – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 19 – Annual SMS volumes – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 20 – SMS revenue – 2011 – 2015
  • Table 21 – MMS messages sent – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 22 – MMS messaging revenue – 2011 – 2015
  • Table 23 – Monthly MMS volumes per user – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 24 – Mobile data services traffic – 2002 – 2017
  • Table 25 – Mobile data revenue – 2002 - 2015
  • Table 26 – Mobile broadband subscribers by type – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 27 – Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 28 – Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 29 – Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 30 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 31 – European data roaming charges – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 32 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 33 – Mobile termination revenue traffic and revenue – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 34 – Telia Mobile subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 35 – Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 36 – Telia Mobile mobile revenue – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 37 – Tele2 mobile subscribers – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 38 – Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) mobile financial data – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 39 – Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 40 – Telenor Mobile Sweden subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 41 – Telenor blended mobile ARPU (Sweden) – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 42 – Hi3G registered subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 43 – Hi3G revenue (Sweden and Denmark) –2008 -2010
  • Table 44 – Hi3G revenue (Sweden) –2010 – 2018
  • Table 45 – Hi3G annualised net ARPU – 2008 – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 – 2019
  • Chart 2 – Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2003 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2007 – 2016
  • Chart 5 – Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) financial data – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data – 2004 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • 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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Number of pages 85

Status Current

Last updated 25 Oct 2018
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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