Sweden - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in Sweden’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the fixed-line, mobile and broadband sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Mobile subscribers and ARPU;
  • Broadband market forecasts;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).
Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- November 2016 (14th Edition)

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- October 2018 (16th Edition)

Executive Summary

Sweden’s telecom sector revenue showing continued growth

Sweden’s telecom market includes mature mobile and broadband sectors which have consistently been among the first in Europe to deploy advanced technologies. The country retains one of the best developed LTE infrastructures in the region and is poised to be among the first in the world to deliver services based on the 5G standard. It also has one of the highest fibre broadband penetration rates in Europe and is targeting a 1Gb/s broadband service to 98% of the population by 2025. The methodology to achieve this rests on proven regulatory measures supported by public funds, as well as on the auction of additional spectrum.

DSL still dominates broadband access, though the number of subscribers is falling as customers migrate to fibre networks. Some resilience in the DSL sector is shown by operators investing in VDSL upgrades, though this is a short-term measure on the path to FttP. There is also competition from HFC infrastructure, with the main cableco Com Hem offering data rates at up to 1Gb/s on its fibre network. It is also investing in services based on the DOCSIS3.1 standard. In September 2018 the competition authorities approved the acquisition of Com Hem by Tele2, a move which will provide a strong multi-sector competitor to Telia.

Considerable investment in mobile networks has also made mobile broadband a fast-growing sector, with LTE-based services available in most rural areas not covered by fixed-line infrastructure, and with 5G expected to be integral to the overall broadband platform in coming years. 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.

This report assesses key aspects of the Swedish telecom market, providing data on fixed network services and profiling the main players. It also reviews the key regulatory issues, including interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability, carrier preselection and NGN open access. The report also examines the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets, including analyses of market dynamics and the key providers. In addition the report assesses the mobile market, providing data on network operators and their strategies in a highly competitive environment as well as details on key regulatory issues, licence conditions, spectrum auctions and developments in technologies including LTE and 5G.

Key developments:

  • Telia Company acquires TDC Norway and Get;
  • Telecom sector revenue continued showing growth in 2017;
  • Tele2 and Com Hem merger approved;
  • Government promotes new broadband strategy to 2025;
  • Telia completes G.fast field trials to deliver 1Gb/s services;
  • Com Hem launches a 1.2Gb/s fibre service;
  • Telia commits to SEK5 billion investment to connect up to one million households with FttP;
  • 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;
  • 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, Com Hem, PiteEnergi, BAS

Henry Lancaster
October 2018

Table of Contents

  • Key statistics

    • Country overview
  • Telecommunications market

    • Market analysis
  • Regulatory environment

    • Historical overview
    • Regulatory authority
    • Telecom sector liberalisation
    • Privatisation
      • Interconnect
    • Access
      • Bitstream access
      • Fibre access
    • Number Portability (NP)
    • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
    • Wholesale Line Rental (WLR)
  • Fixed network operators

    • Introduction
    • Telia
    • Tele2
    • Telenor Sweden
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

    • Overview of the national telecom network
    • VoIP
    • International infrastructure
      • Submarine cable networks
      • Satellite networks
    • Smart infrastructure
  • Broadband market

    • Introduction and statistical overview
      • Market analysis
      • Government support
      • Broadband strategy – 2010
      • Broadband strategy – 2020
      • Broadband strategy – 2025
      • Regulatory measures
      • Competition
      • Municipal action
      • Broadband statistics
      • Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • Com Hem
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Open access
      • ADSL2+
      • VDSL2+
    • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • Introduction
      • Regulating dark fibre
      • Telia
      • Telenor
      • PiteEnergi
      • BAS
      • Other developments
    • Other fixed broadband services
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  • Digital economy

    • eGovernment
    • eHealth
  • Digital media

    • Overview
  • Mobile communications

    • Market analysis
    • Mobile statistics
      • General statistics
    • Mobile infrastructure
      • Analogue
      • 5G
      • 4G (LTE)
      • 3G
      • Other infrastructure developments
      • 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
      • 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

List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Sweden – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – End-user revenue by service – 2001 – 2017
  • Table 3 – Historic - End-user revenue growth: fixed line, internet, mobile and mobile data – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 4 – End-user revenue growth: fixed line, internet, mobile and mobile data – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 5 – End-user traffic in minutes by technology – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 6 – Telecom revenue per household by sector – 2001 – 2017
  • Table 7 – Telecom revenue per household annual change by sector – 2001 – 2017
  • Table 8 – Historic - Telia wholesale lines, PSTN, LLU – 2005 – 2013
  • Table 9 – Interconnect fixed-line minutes and revenue – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 10 – Annual fixed number portings – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 11 – Carrier preselection customers, residential and business – 1999 – 2017
  • Table 12 – Wholesale Line Rental customers – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 13 – Telia subscribers (Sweden) – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 14 – Telia Group financial data – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Tele2 Sweden revenue by sector – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Tele2 Group financial overview – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 17 – Tele2 Sweden subscribers by sector – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 18 – Telenor subscribers by sector (historic) – 2004 – 2011
  • Table 19 –Telenor telephony, internet, TV subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 20 – Telenor Sweden fixed-line revenue – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 21 – Telenor Sweden financial data – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 22 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 23 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 24 – PSTN and ISDN lines in service – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 25 – Market share of fixed-telephony subscribers by operator – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 26 – VoIP subscribers and annual change – 2004 – 2017
  • Table 27 – VoIP revenue – 2005 – 2017
  • Table 28 – VoIP traffic – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 29 – VoIP accesses by technology – 2004 – 2017
  • Table 30 – Telia VoIP subscribers – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 31 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 – 2016
  • Table 32 – Internet services revenue – 2003 – 2017
  • Table 33 – Broadband revenue by platform – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 34 – Low-end fixed broadband accesses by speed – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 35 – High-end fixed broadband accesses by speed – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 36 – Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 37 – Proportion of fixed internet subscribers by access type – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 38 – Proportion of fixed/mobile internet subscribers – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 39 – Internet monthly revenue by household and subscriber - 2000 – 2017
  • Table 40 – Growth in fixed-line broadband accesses – 2001 – 2017
  • Table 41 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 – 2009
  • Table 42 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 43 – Total internet subscribers (including mobile) – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 44 – Internet subscribers: PSTN, ISDN – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 45 – Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2004 – 2017
  • Table 46 – Proportion of total internet subscribers by type – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 47 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 48 – Forecasts - broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 49 – Cable broadband subscribers – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 50 – Com Hem RGUs by type– 2005 – 2018
  • Table 51 – Com Hem group financial data – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 52 – DSL subscribers – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 53 – Telia fixed-line broadband revenue and ARPU (Sweden) – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 54 – Telia broadband subscribers (Sweden) – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 55 – Tele2 broadband financial data (Sweden) – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 56 – Tele2 broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 57 – Fibre subscribers – 2002 – 2017
  • Table 58 – Telenor broadband subscribers – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 59 – 3.7GHz licence results – 2009
  • Table 60 – Subscribers to bundled services, by service – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 61 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 62 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2010 – 2019
  • Table 63 – Historic - GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) – 1999 – 2011
  • Table 64 – GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) – 2012 – 2017
  • Table 65 – Subscriber distribution by technology – 2001 – 2017
  • Table 66 – Historic – Mobile voice and data revenue – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 67 – Mobile voice and data revenue – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 68 – Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2001 – 2017
  • Table 69 – Average mobile traffic per subscriber – 2001 – 2017
  • Table 70 – Average mobile blended ARPU – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 71 – Historic - Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 72 – Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2010 – 2017
  • Table 73 – Active prepaid and contract subscribers – 2000- 2017
  • Table 74 – LTE subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Table 75 – 3G/CDMA subscribers – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 76 – M2M connections – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 77 – M2M revenue – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 78 – Monthly SMS volumes per user – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 79 – Annual SMS volumes – 2000 – 2018
  • Table 80 – SMS revenue – 2011 – 2015
  • Table 81 – MMS messages sent – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 82 – MMS messaging revenue – 2011 – 2015
  • Table 83 – Monthly MMS volumes per user – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 84 – Mobile data services traffic – 2002 – 2017
  • Table 85 – Mobile data revenue – 2002 – 2015
  • Table 86 – Mobile broadband subscribers by type – 2006 – 2017
  • Table 87 – Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 88 – Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 89 – Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 90 – European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
  • Table 91 – European data roaming charges – 2014 – 2017
  • Table 92 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 93 – Mobile termination revenue traffic and revenue – 2000 – 2017
  • Table 94 – Telia Mobile subscribers – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 95 – Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU – 2002 – 2018
  • Table 96 – Telia Mobile mobile revenue – 2007 – 2018
  • Table 97 – Tele2 mobile subscribers – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 98 – Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) mobile financial data – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 99 – Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 100 – Telenor Mobile Sweden subscribers – 2005 – 2018
  • Table 101 – Telenor blended mobile ARPU (Sweden) – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 102 – Hi3G registered subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Table 103 – Hi3G revenue (Sweden) –2010 – 2018
  • Table 104 – Hi3G revenue (Sweden and Denmark) –2008 -2010
  • Table 105 – Hi3G annualised net ARPU – 2008 – 2018

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – End-user revenue by service – 2001 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – End-user traffic in minutes by technology – 2000 – 2017
  • Chart 3 – Telia subscribers (Sweden) – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 4 - Telia Group financial data – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Tele2 Sweden revenue by sector – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 6 - Tele2 Group financial overview – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Tele2 Sweden subscribers by sector – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 8 –Telenor telephony, internet, TV subscribers – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Telenor Sweden financial data – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 11 – Market share of fixed-telephony subscribers by operator – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 12 – VoIP accesses by technology – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 13 – Broadband revenue by platform – 2011 – 2017
  • Chart 14 – Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 15 – Proportion of fixed/mobile internet subscribers – 2000 – 2017
  • Chart 16 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 17 Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 18 – Proportion of internet subscribers by type – 2002 – 2017
  • Chart 19 – Com Hem RGUs by type– 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 20 – Com Hem group financial data – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 21 – Tele2 broadband financial data (Sweden) – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 22 – Subscribers to bundled services, by service – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 23 – Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 2003 – 2019
  • Chart 24 – Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2003 – 2017
  • Chart 25 – Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 26 – Mobile broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2007 – 2016
  • Chart 27 – Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 28 – Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) financial data – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 29 – Telenor Mobile Sweden financial data – 2004 – 2018

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop
  • 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 – Hi3G spectrum concessions –2018
  • Exhibit 7 – MVNOs and host networks

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