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Norway - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

  • March 2016
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 89 pages

Norway’s ISPs trial G.fast to complement fibre networks
In common with other Scandinavian countries, Norway has a sophisticated telecom market with high broadband and mobile penetration rates and a highly developed digital media sector. The country’s telecoms sector is synchronised with relevant EC legislation. Telenor is the dominant operator in all sectors, though there is increasing competition from new entrants and established players. Consolidation among operators has seen TeliaSonera increase its market share by acquiring the operations of Tele2, and renaming its local mobile division Netcom as Telia in March 2016, while NextGenTel Holding now incorporates Telio.

Norway’s broadband penetration rate is among the highest in Europe, the result government and telco efforts to migrate subscribers to superfast broadband services provided by fibre networks, VDSL and upgraded cable infrastructure. The leading ISPs Telenor and NextGenTel have trialled G.fast technology with a view to a commercial launch of services by the end of 2016.

The mobile market is dominated by Telenor Mobil and TeliaSonera’s rebranded Telia division (formerly Netcom before being rebranded in March 2016). The joint venture Mobile Norway was part-owned by Tele2 until Tele2’s failure to secure spectrum at auction in December 2013 led the company to sell its Norwegian operations. This directly benefitted the new entrant Ice.net, owned by AINMT Holdings, which did secure spectrum at auction and which gained Network Norway’s customer base as part of the deal enforced by the telecom regulator. Voice and data services from these operators are supplemented by those from a growing number of MVNOs.

The market is well advanced in LTE developments, with both Telenor and Telia spearheading networks in the region. Both operators are looking to close down their 3G and 2G networks (by 2020 and 2025 respectively), focussing instead of developing LTE and the forthcoming 5G technologies, while providing mobile voice using VoLTE. Telia offers an LTE-A service providing 300Mb/s to about 1.5 million Norwegians, while it has also achieved 1Gb/s data rates using quad-band carrier aggregation technology as a precursor to 5G.

This report introduces the key elements of Norway’s telecom market, providing updated statistics and an overview of the regulatory environment, the fixed network operators and their services, and telecom infrastructure. The report also details the fixed and wireless broadband markets, including developments in a range of technologies and forecasts to 2021. In addition, the report covers the digital media sector as well as the mobile voice and data markets, providing statistics on the main operators, a review of the key regulatory issues, and a snapshot of the consumer market for mobile data services.


Key developments:
Canal Digital merged with Telenor Norway;
Thor 7 satellite launched, Thor 2 de-orbited;
Telia, rebranded from NetCom, achieves speeds of 1Gb/s on its LTE infrastructure;
Telenor looks to VoLTE as it aims to close down its 2G and 3G networks by 2025;
MNOs set up m-commerce joint venture;
Telenor’s LTE network to reach 99% population coverage by 2017;
Telenor and NextGenTel trial G.fast technology;
Broadband sector shows continuing steady revenue growth;
Altibox launches mobile broadband;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2015, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.
Telecom market revenue increased 2% in H1 2015;
Telenor phases out PSTN infrastructure;
Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2015, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.



Companies mentioned in this report:
Telenor, TeliaSonera, Tele2, BaneTele, NextGenTel, Telio, Lyse, NetCom, Nordisk Mobiltelefon, Telenor Mobil, Telia (NetCom), Mobile Norway, Teletopia.

Table Of Contents

Norway - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
1. Key statistics
2. Telecommunications market
2.1 Market analysis
3. Regulatory environment
3.1 Historic overview
3.2 Regulatory authority
3.3 Telecom sector liberalisation in Norway
3.3.1 Privatisation of Telenor
3.4 Interconnect
3.5 Access
3.6 Number Portability (NP)
3.7 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4. Fixed network operators
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Telenor
4.2.1 International operations
4.3 TeliaSonera
4.4 NextGenTel (Telio)
4.5 Tele2
4.6 BaneTele
5. Telecommunications infrastructure
5.1 Overview of the national telecom network
5.2 NGN
5.3 International infrastructure
5.3.1 Submarine cable networks
5.3.2 Satellite networks
5.4 Smart infrastructure
5.4.1 Smart grids
5.5 Wholesale
6. Broadband market
6.1 Introduction and statistical overview
6.1.1 Government support
6.1.2 Broadband statistics
6.1.3 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
6.2 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
6.3 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
6.3.1 Introduction
6.3.2 Telenor
6.3.3 NextGenTel
6.3.4 Other DSL developments
6.4 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
6.4.1 Introduction
6.4.2 Utilities
6.4.3 Telenor
6.4.4 Other developments
6.5 Other fixed broadband services
6.5.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.5.2 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
7. Digital media
7.1 Overview
7.2 Introduction
7.3 Bundled services
7.4 Communications: VoIP
7.5 Digital TV
7.5.1 CATV
7.5.2 Satellite TV
7.5.3 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)
7.5.4 Get
7.5.5 Canal Digital
7.5.6 ViaSat
7.5.7 Telenor
7.5.8 Videostreaming
8. Digital economy
8.1 E-Health
9. Mobile communications
9.1 Market analysis
9.2 Mobile statistics
9.2.1 General statistics
9.2.2 Mobile voice
9.2.3 Mobile data
9.2.4 Mobile broadband
9.3 Regulatory issues
9.3.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
9.3.2 Roaming
9.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
9.3.4 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
9.4 Mobile infrastructure
9.4.1 Analogue networks
9.4.2 Digital networks
9.4.3 Other infrastructure developments
9.4.4 Machine-to-Machine (M2M) networks
9.5 Major mobile operators
9.5.1 Telenor Mobil
9.5.2 Telia
9.5.3 Mobile Norway
9.5.4 Teletopia
9.5.5 Ice
9.5.6 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
9.5.7 Mobile TV
9.5.8 Femtocells
9.5.9 TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio)
9.6 Mobile content and applications
9.6.1 Location-based services
9.6.2 M-commerce
Table 1 Country statistics 2015 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2015 (H1)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2014 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2015
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2015 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2015 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authority
Table 8 Total telecom revenue 2004 - 2016
Table 9 Fixed-line traffic in minutes 2004 - 2016
Table 10 Revenue by sector 2003 - 2015
Table 11 Proportion of turnover by sector 2005 - 2015
Table 12 Number of telecom providers by sector 2004 - 2015
Table 13 Voice lines by type 2006 - 2015
Table 14 Telecom sector investment by type 2012 - 2014
Table 15 Residential CPS and resale subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 16 Business CPS and resale subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 17 Operators' share of fixed-line traffic 2010 - 2015
Table 18 Share of fixed-telephony revenue by operator 2002 - 2015
Table 19 Telenor fixed-line financial data (Norway) 2008 - 2015
Table 20 Telenor Group financial data 2007 - 2015
Table 21 Telenor fixed-line subscribers 2009 2015
Table 22 TeliaSonera (Norway) financial data 2012 - 2015
Table 23 TeliaSonera (Norway) revenue by service 2006 - 2015
Table 24 TeliaSonera subscriber statistics 2005 - 2015
Table 25 NextGenTel Holding financial data 2012 - 2015
Table 26 Telio Norway financial data (historic) 2012 - 2014
Table 27 Telio Norway subscribers by sector (historic) 2012 - 2014
Table 28 NextGenTel subscribers by sector 2011 - 2015
Table 29 Tele2 subscribers by sector (historic) 2007 - 2014
Table 30 Tele2 financial data by sector (historic) 2007 - 2014
Table 31 Historic - Fixed lines in service and penetration 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 32 Fixed lines in service and penetration 2010 - 2016
Table 33 Fixed lines PSTN/ISDN 2000 - 2015
Table 34 Proportion of households with a fixed-line 2005 - 2015
Table 35 Telenor wholesale lines PSTN, DSL, LLU 2004 - 2015
Table 36 Broadband market revenue 2003 - 2015
Table 37 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1995 - 2009
Table 38 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 - 2016
Table 39 Historic - Fixed broadband subscribers 1999 - 2009
Table 40 Fixed broadband subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 41 Annual net adds in broadband connections, by type 2008 - 2015
Table 42 Broadband market share by technology 2006 - 2015
Table 43 Superfast broadband market share of subscribers by operator 2011 - 2015
Table 44 Broadband penetration by technology 2004 - 2015
Table 45 Residential broadband connections by access speed 2013 - 2015
Table 46 Forecast broadband subscribers higher market growth scenario 2013; 2015; 2020
Table 47 Cable subscribers 1999 - 2015
Table 48 Market share of cable broadband subscribers by provider 2011 - 2015
Table 49 Get cable broadband revenue 2013 - 2015
Table 50 DSL subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 51 Market share of cable broadband subscribers by provider 2013 - 2015
Table 52 Telenor retail broadband subscribers and local loops 2005 - 2015
Table 53 Telio broadband revenue (historic) 2007 - 2013
Table 54 Telio broadband ARPU (historic) 2006 - 2013
Table 55 NextGenTel broadband subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 56 Fibre broadband subscribers 2003 - 2015
Table 57 Fixed subscriptions VoIP, cable 2000 - 2015
Table 58 VoIP revenue 2006 - 2015
Table 59 VoIP traffic and market share 2005 - 2014
Table 60 Telenor VoIP subscribers (historic) 2005 - 2010
Table 61 NextGenTel VoIP subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 62 Share of pay TV subscribers by operator 2009 - 2015
Table 63 Broadcasting revenue 2007 - 2015
Table 64 Broadcasting revenue by sector 2009 - 2015
Table 65 Proportion of broadcasting revenue by sector 2009 - 2015
Table 66 Share of TV reception by type 2007 - 2015
Table 67 Pay TV subscribers by type 2007 - 2015
Table 68 CATV subscribers 2008 - 2016
Table 69 Telenor cable subscribers (Norway) 2007 - 2013
Table 70 Cable TV market share of subscribers by operator 2011 - 2015
Table 71 Satellite TV revenue 2007 - 2015
Table 72 Satellite TV subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 73 DTTV revenue 2007 - 2015
Table 74 DTTV (pay) subscribers 2009 - 2014
Table 75 Canal Digital satellite subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 76 Canal Digital DTH financial data 2009 - 2015
Table 77 ViaSat DTH subscriber statistics (Nordics) 2007 - 2015
Table 78 ViaSat revenue (Nordics) 2006 - 2015
Table 79 IPTV (fibre and DSL) subscribers 2008 - 2015
Table 80 IPTV market share of subscribers by main operators 2010 - 2015
Table 81 Mobile revenue 2002 - 2016
Table 82 Mobile revenue by service 2008 - 2015
Table 83 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1995; 1997; 1999 - 2009
Table 84 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010 - 2016
Table 85 Mobile voice traffic 2004 - 2016
Table 86 Mobile calls made 2010 - 2015
Table 87 Prepaid share of mobile subscribers 1999; 2005 - 2016
Table 88 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 89 Telenor Mobile (Norway) contract and prepaid subscribers 2001 - 2015
Table 90 Market share of subscribers by main provider 2010 - 2014
Table 91 Revenue market share by provider 2010 - 2015
Table 92 Historic - Annual SMS sent 1999 - 2009
Table 93 Annual SMS sent 2010 - 2016
Table 94 Revenue per SMS sent 2007 - 2014
Table 95 Revenue from SMS services 2012 - 2014
Table 96 MMS messages sent and annual change 2004 - 2016
Table 97 Standard mobile broadband subscribers 2007 - 2015
Table 98 Market share of mobile broadband subscribers by provider 2013 - 2015
Table 99 Mobile data traffic 2008 - 2015
Table 100 Average mobile data traffic per subscriber 2010 - 2015
Table 101 Mobile data revenue 2004 - 2015
Table 102 Mobile broadband revenue 2004 - 2016
Table 103 European roaming charges 2007 2016
Table 104 LTE population and area coverage June 2015
Table 105 M2M SIM cards in use 2007 - 2015
Table 106 Revenue from M2M services 2012 - 2014
Table 107 Telenor Mobil mobile subscribers 2001 - 2015
Table 108 Telenor Mobil financial data 2005 - 2015
Table 109 Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid 2004 - 2015
Table 110 Telia mobile subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 111 Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid 2002 - 2015
Table 112 Telia revenue 2004 - 2015
Table 113 Mobile Norway (Tele2) subscribers by sector (historic) 2007 - 2014
Table 114 Mobile Norway (Tele2) financial data by sector (historic) 2007 - 2014
Table 115 AIMNT (Ice) financial data 2013 - 2015
Chart 1 Revenue by sector 2003 2015
Chart 2 Proportion of turnover by sector 2005 2015
Chart 3 Telenor Group financial data 2007 2015
Chart 4 Telenor fixed subscribers 2009 2015
Chart 5 TeliaSonera (Norway) revenue 2006 2015
Chart 6 TeliaSonera subscriber statistics 2005 2015
Chart 7 Telenor wholesale lines PSTN, DSL, LLU 2004 2015
Chart 8 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 2016
Chart 9 Total fixed broadband subscribers and penetration rate 2003 2015
Chart 10 Broadband market share by technology 2006 2015
Chart 11 - Telenor retail broadband subscribers and local loops 2005 - 2015
Chart 12 Broadcasting revenue share by sector 2009 - 2015
Chart 13 Share of TV reception by type 2007 2015
Chart 14 Pay TV subscribers by type 2007 2015
Chart 15 Canal Digital DTH financial data 2009 2015
Chart 16 ViaSat revenue (Nordics) 2006 2015
Chart 17 Mobile revenue by service 2008 2015
Chart 18 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2002 - 2016
Chart 19 Prepaid and contract subscribers 2005 2015
Chart 20 Telenor Mobil financial data 2005 2015
Chart 21 Telenor Mobil ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid 2004 2015
Chart 22 Telia ARPU: blended, contract and prepaid 2002 2015
Exhibit 1 Overview of digital media
Exhibit 2 3G beauty contest licence results in Norway 2000; 2003; 2007
Exhibit 3 Multi-spectrum auction results Dec 2013

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