Updated: June 2017
Telenor is the incumbent telecom operator in Norway, with a history of more than 150 years. Telenor’s service portfolio includes fixed-line and mobile telephony, broadband, TV and datacom services for residential and business customers, as well as a broad range of wholesale services. Telenor Norway’s main legal entities are Telenor Norge AS and Datametrix AS.
The electronic communications sector in Norway is regulated through both sector-specific and general laws and regulations. Although not an EU member, Norway is required, as a member of the European Economic Area (the EEA), to adhere to the EU’s regulatory framework to the extent that EU directives are adopted by the EEA pursuant to the Agreement on the European Economic Area. The Electronic Communication Act (the ECA) and regulations adopted pursuant to the ECA implement the EU regulatory framework for the electronic communications sector in Norway. The competent regulatory authority in Norway is the NKOM.
Telenor is the leading provider of mobile communications in Norway, with technology neutral licenses within the 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz bands. As at 31 March 2017, Telenor had 3.0 million mobile subscriptions in Norway, of which around 88% were contract subscriptions and for the most part bundles including voice, Short Messaging Services (SMS) and data. As at 31 March 2017, the mobile penetration (SIM cards) and number of inhabitants in Norway were 109% and 5.3 million, respectively. Telenor markets mobile subscriptions under the brand names Telenor, Talkmore and Dipper. Telenor provides fixed-line telecommunication solutions to residential and business customers. The service portfolio includes Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) fixed telephony services, broadband telephony or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, Internet access via PSTN/ISDN, Digital Subscriber Lines (DSLs), Fibre to the Home (FTTH) and through Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC). In addition, Telenor provides leased lines, integrated voice and data telecommunications and access and network services to the business market. As at 31 March 2017, Telenor had 524,000 fixed telephony subscriptions (including VoIP) and 864,000 broadband subscriptions (including HFC). The fixed broadband household penetration in Norway is estimated to be around 85% as at 31 March 2017.
In addition to its retail offerings, Telenor provides a wide range of interconnection and carrier services, including leased lines, to the Norwegian wholesale market. The wholesale interconnect and carrier services enable other network operators, internet service providers and other service providers to connect to Telenor’s network or use Telenor’s infrastructure in order to facilitate their own service offerings. Telenor also provides international operators with transit and transmission capacity services for international voice and data traffic into or through Norway. Telenor provides wholesale line rental (PSTN and ISDN) and DSL and fibre wholesale to other operators and service providers. Furthermore, Telenor provides local loop unbundling (full and shared access to the local copper and fibre loop), which enables other operators to provide end users with broadband. Telenor also provides TV services over fibre and coax networks and markets the services under the brand names Telenor and Canal Digital.