Norway Telecommunications Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecommunications industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, BMI Industry Forecast Scenario, Telecommunications Risk Reward Index, Market Overview, Regulatory Environment, Company Profiles and Competitive

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BMI View: We remain sceptical about the ability of new mobile service providers to change the current structure of Norway's telecommunications market. Telenor, the incumbent has been investigated for its dominant position in the market and is likely to be fined, but this is unlikely to change the market structure. is targeting the no-frills segment and Get is offering convergence as a MVNO, but the market remains effectively a duopoly between Telenor and Telia-Sonera-backed Netcom. Telenor only has strong competition in broadband sector, where its main competition comes from a range of smaller providers, driven by municipalities. Fragmentation in the broadband sector means it lacks an additional strong national service provider, the presence of which would offer greater competition and more choice for consumers.

Latest Updates & Industry Developments

  • There were 5.777mn mobile subscribers in Norway in Q216 as the market continues to oscillate between 5.8mn and 5.9mn subscribers, a trend that has continued since 2013.

  • The overall broadband market was in decline between 2014 and 2015 (latest available data at the time of writing) according to regulator data, reaching 2.514mn. The fixed market continues to grow, with over 2mn customers and fibre gains offsetting DSL losses, but the declining dedicated mobile broadband segment had a greater impact.

  • The fixed voice market continues to decline, falling under 1mn for the first time end-2015 as new players focus on broadband and pay-TV services and as market leader Telenor cannot bundle services to snot bstem its losses.

Incumbent Telenor Faces Strong Competition In Fibre Broadband Sector
Fibre Subscriptions Market Share (%), 2012-2015
Source: Nkom
BMI Industry View
Industry Forecast
Latest Updates
Structural Trends
Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (Norway 2013-2020)
Industry Risk Reward Index
Western Europe Risk/Reward Index
Table: Western Europe Risk/Reward Index, Q4 2016
Norway Risk/Reward Index
Market Overview
Market Drivers And Trends
Wireline Voice & Broadband
Regulatory Development
Regulatory Overview
Regulatory Developments
Competitive Landscape
Table: Key Players - Norway Telecoms Sector
Operators Data
Table: Telenor
Table: Netcom
Table: NextGenTel
Table: Get
Company Profile
Telenor ASA
TeliaSonera Norway
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (Norway 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (Norway 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (Norway 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (Norway 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (Norway 1990-2025)
Table: Glossary Of Terms
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Norway Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of Norway's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's Norway Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in Norway.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for Norway to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the Norwegian telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in Norway's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Norway.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the ARPU, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G & 4G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2010-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

  • Fixed-line Telephony – Telephone lines (‘000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
  • Cellular Telephony – Mobile phone subscribers (‘000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; and where available, 3G & 4G subscribers (‘000); 3G & 4G subscribers/100 inhabitants; 3G & 4G subscribers as a percentage of overall mobile market.
  • Internet Markets – Internet users (‘000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers (‘000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

BMI’s Telecommunications Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide an Indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Data Analysis

Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed-line and internet segments, broken down into:

  • Market Data – Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
  • Technology/Service Rollout – Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G & 4G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and valueadded handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
  • Mobile Content – The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators, including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
    Company Database – A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G & 4G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).

Regulatory Environment

Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. Also covers the latest updates in the market’s development and regulatory rulings.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Telecommunications Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.