Market Report, "Norway Telecommunications Report Q3 2013", published

Recently published research from Business Monitor International, "Norway Telecommunications Report Q3 2013", is now available at Fast Market Research

[USPRwire, Wed Jul 10 2013] Norway's telecoms markets is one of the highest value markets in the world on a per capita basis, and furthermore it is one of the most technologically developed with high prevalence of wireless data services, smartphones and value-added services. This foundation makes it one of the strongest markets in the region, but operators are nonetheless facing some of the same pressures as their peers across Europe. The regulator, the NPT, has implemented cuts to mobile termination rates that continued into 2013 and have squeezed operator revenues - while the threat of consumer IP substitution also looms. The market therefore has a bright outlook but with a number of significant threats, if less amplified than in much of the rest of Europe.

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Key Data

* Mobile subscription growth has tailed off, and turned negative with the net loss of 9,000 subscriptions in the first quarter of 2013.
* Despite the negative impact of cuts to mobile termination rates, monthly blended mobile ARPU came in above our estimate for Q412, resulting in an upward revision of our forecast.
* Norway stayed in fifth position in the Western Europe Risk/Reward Ratings Q3 2013, while continuing to score above the regional average in each of the categories measured by BMI.

Key Trends And Developments

The licensing of additional spectrum suitable for the development of wireless data services moved a step closer when in March 2013 the Ministry of Transport and Communications released conditions for the auction of frequencies in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1,800MHz bands - enabling the regulator to begin preparations for the auction. The conditions from the Ministry will boost data service availability in rural areas that are underserved by wireline providers by requiring bidders to spend a minimum of NOK150mn on developing broadband services in areas that have no coverage, and operators will be required to provide mobile broadband services that are available to 98% of the population within five years of the concession being issued.

In December 2012 TeliaSonera announced it agreed to sell is wireline broadband subsidiary NextGenTel to Telio for NOK601mn (US$108mn). Following the acquisition, in March 2013 Telio Holding stated that it plans to implement a cost-conscious reorganisation following the acquisition of NextGenTel, as well as achieving product and sales synergies. It is then seeking to merge Telio and NextGenTel in 2014 or 2015 once common production systems are installed. This restructure and rebranding will enable Telio to provide stiffer competition for Telenor across mid- and high-capacity wireline data services, as well as in bundled service provision.

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