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:- September 2019 (17th Edition)

Executive Summary

Sweden looking ahead to 2020 spectrum auction for 5G

Sweden’s telecom market includes mature mobile and broadband sectors which have been stimulated by the progressive investment of the main telcos in developing new technologies. The country retains one of the best developed LTE infrastructures in the region, while its network operators will be well positioned to expand services based on 5G once additional spectrum is made available to them in early 2020.

The country also has one of the highest fibre broadband penetration rates in Europe and is aiming to provide a 1Gb/s broadband service to 98% of the population by 2025. The methodology to achieve this rests on regulatory measures supported by public funds, as well as on the auction of spectrum.

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 Swedes, particularly in rural areas. This is supported by market competition, which has driven down access pricing.

In the fixed-line broadband segment, the number of DSL subscribers is falling steadily as customers continue to migrate to fibre networks. There is also competition from HFC infrastructure, with the main cableco Com Hem, now owned by Tele2, offering fibre-based broadband and investing in services based on the DOCSIS3.1 standard.

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 to be integral to the overall broadband platform in coming years.

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 analyses the the mobile market, providing data on network operators and their strategies in a highly competitive environment. In addition, the report considers the fixed and fixed-wireless broadband markets, including analyses of market dynamics and the main operators, as well as providing subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

  • Telecom sector revenue showed slight decline in 2018;
  • Tele2 sells out of Kazakhstan and Croatia;
  • Swedish Parliament asks government to consider selling the state’s 37.3% interest in Telia;
  • Fixed-line telephony penetration continues downward slide;
  • 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;
  • Telia trials 5G providing up to 900Mb/s;
  • Tele2 and Com Hem merger completed;
  • 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
  • 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:

Telenor Sweden, Telia Company, Tele2, Hi3G Sweden, Net1, Com Hem, PiteEnergi, BAS

Henry Lancaster
September 2019

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 Company
    • 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
    • Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • Com Hem
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • Open access
      • ADSL2+
      • VDSL2+
    • Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
      • Introduction
      • Telia
      • Telenor
      • PiteEnergi
      • BAS
      • Other developments
    • Other fixed broadband services
      • Broadband Powerline (BPL)
      • Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
  • Digital economy

    • eGovernment
    • eHealth
  • 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
    • 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
  • Appendix – Historic data


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - Sweden – 2019 (e)
  • Table 2 – Interconnect fixed-line minutes and revenue – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 3 – Telia VoIP subscribers – 2007 – 2019
  • Table 4 – International internet bandwidth – 2009 – 2016
  • Table 5 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2006 – 2018
  • Table 6 – Telia fixed-line broadband revenue and ARPU (Sweden) – 2012 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Tele2 broadband financial data (Sweden) – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 8 – 3.7GHz licence results – 2009
  • Table 9 – Historic - Fixed lines in service and teledensity – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 10 – Historic - End-user revenue growth: fixed line, internet, mobile and mobile data – 1995 – 2009
  • Table 11 – Telecom revenue per household by sector – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 12 – VoIP subscribers and annual change – 2004 – 2009
  • Table 13 – End-user traffic in minutes by technology – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 14 – Telecom revenue per household by sector – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 15 – Telecom revenue per household annual change by sector – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 16 – Internet services revenue – 2003 – 2014
  • Table 17 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1996 – 2015
  • Table 18 – Internet subscribers: PSTN, ISDN – 2000 – 2009
  • Table 19 – Internet monthly revenue by household and subscriber - 2000 – 2009
  • Table 20 – Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 21 – Mobile data services traffic – 2002 – 2009
  • Table 22 – Historic – Mobile voice and data revenue – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2009
  • Table 23 – Average mobile traffic per subscriber – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 24 – Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2001 – 2009
  • Table 25 – Mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2001 – 2008
  • Table 26 – Active prepaid and contract subscribers – 2000- 2009
  • Table 27 – Historic - GSM/UMTS and NMT subscribers (regulator data) – 1999 – 2011
  • Table 28 – Historic - Market share of subscribers by operator (regulator data) – 1995 – 2009

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 – End-user revenue by service – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Telecom sector revenue and annual change – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – End-user revenue annual change by sector – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Change in end-user traffic in minutes by technology – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Change in telecom revenue per household by sector – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Annual change in telecom revenue per household by sector – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Change in the number of fixed number portings – 2002 – 2019
  • Chart 8 – Change in the number of carrier preselection customers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 9 – Change in the number of Wholesale Line Rental lines – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – Change in the number of Telia subscribers (Sweden) – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 11 – Telia Group financial data – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 12 – Tele2 Sweden revenue by sector – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 13 – Tele2 Group financial overview – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – Tele2 Sweden subscribers by sector – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 15 –. Development of Telenor’s telephony, internet, TV subscriber base – 2010 – 2019
  • Chart 16 – Change in Telenor Sweden’s fixed-line revenue – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 17 – Change in Telenor Sweden’s financial data – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 18 – Decline in the number of fixed lines in service and teledensity – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 19 – Decline in the number of PSTN lines – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 20 – Market share of fixed-telephony subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 21 – Change in the number of VoIP subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 22 – Decline in VoIP revenue – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 23 – Decline in VoIP traffic – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 24 – VoIP accesses by technology – 2004 – 2017
  • Chart 25 – Telia VoIP accesses – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 26 – Growth in broadband services revenue – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 27 – Broadband revenue by platform – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 28 – Low-end fixed broadband accesses by speed – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 29 – High-end fixed broadband accesses by speed – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 30 – Change in fixed broadband market share of subscribers by operator – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 31 – Proportion of all internet subscribers by type – 2009 - 2019
  • Chart 32 – Proportion of fixed/mobile internet subscribers – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 33 – Steady rise in internet revenue by household and subscriber - 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 34 – Growth in the number of internet subscribers (including mobile) – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 35 – Decline in the number of dial-up internet connections – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 36 – Change in the number of fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 37 – Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 38 – Change in the number of Telia broadband subscribers – 2005 – 2019
  • Chart 39 – Change in the number of Tele2’s broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 40 – Change in the number of Telenor broadband subscribers – 2008 – 2019
  • Chart 41 – Growth in the number of mobile subscribers, and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 42 – Change in the number of GSM, UMTS and LTE subscribers – 2012 – 2018
  • Chart 43 – Change in subscriber distribution by technology – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 44 – Growth in mobile voice and data revenue – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 45 – Growth in mobile traffic in minutes and sector traffic use – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 46 – Growth in average mobile traffic per subscriber – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 47 – Average mobile blended ARPU – 2011 – 2018
  • Chart 48 – Market share of subscribers by operator – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 49 – Active prepaid and contract subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Chart 50 – Growth in the number of LTE subscriptions – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 51 – Growth in mobile data traffic from LTE networks – 2015 – 2018
  • Chart 52 – Growth in the number of M2M connections – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 53 – Growth in M2M revenue – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 54 – Monthly SMS volumes per user – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 55 – Growth in SMS traffic, by platform – 2010 – 2018
  • Chart 56 – Growth in the number of MMS messages sent – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 57 – Growth in the number of MMS messages sent per subscriber – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 58 – Growth in mobile data services traffic – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 59 – Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers by type – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 60 – Growth in the number of mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2009 – 2024
  • Chart 61 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 62 – Change in mobile termination revenue traffic and revenue – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 63 – Telia Mobile subscribers, proportion prepaid – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 64 – Telia Mobile blended, contract and prepaid ARPU – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 65 – Telia Mobile mobile revenue – 2007 – 2019
  • Chart 66 – Growth in the number of Tele2 mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 67 – Tele2 Mobile (Sweden) financial data – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 68 – Telenor Mobile financial data – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 69 – Growth in the number of Telenor Mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 70 – Decline in Telenor’s blended mobile ARPU (Sweden) – 2006 – 2019
  • Chart 71 – Change in the number of Hi3G registered subscribers – 2009 – 2019
  • Chart 72 – Hi3G revenue (Sweden) –2010 – 2019
  • Chart 73 – Hi3G annualised net ARPU – 2008 – 2019

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop
  • Exhibit 2 – UMTS licence awards in Sweden – 2000
  • Exhibit 3 – 700MHz auction result – 2018
  • Exhibit 4 – 800MHz licence awards in Sweden – 2011
  • Exhibit 5 – 1800MHz licence awards in Sweden – Oct 2011
  • Exhibit 6 – 2.6GHz licence awards in Sweden – May 2008
  • Exhibit 7 – Hi3G spectrum concessions –2018
  • Exhibit 8 – Select MVNOs and host networks

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