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INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT - Nordic Region

Sun, 06/01/2008 - 8:25am

Denmark, Sweden, Finland

DENMARK

• Population: 5.4 million*
• 6.2 million mobile subs*
• 2.8 million fixed lines in service*
• 2 million broadband subs*
• 363,000 VoIP subs*
• 48,040 triple-play subs*

Major operators:

• Canal Digital – Offers satellite TV service; 715,850 satellite TV subs.*
• Sonofon – Second-largest telco; offers fixed and mobile telephony services; 1.7 million mobile subs*; 272,000 DSL subs*; 99,000 VoIP subs.*
• TDC – Incumbent and largest telco; offers broadband, cable TV, iTV, and fixed and mobile telephony services; TDC Cable TV is the largest cable operator; 3 million mobile subs*; 2.4 million fixed line subs*; 1.4 million broadband subs*; 1.1 million cable TV subs.*
• Telia Stofa – Second-largest cable operator; offers cable TV, broadband and iTV services. 384,000 cable TV subs.*

Country facts:

 • Broadband is available to 99 percent of Danish households, primarily delivered via DSL, cable modems and LANs.
• Cable operators have supplemented their cable TV and broadband offerings with VoIP, VOD and mobile services.
• Analog switch-off is set for 2009.

FINLAND

• Population: 5.2 million*
• 5.9 million mobile subs*
• 1.8 million fixed lines in service**
• 1.6 million broadband subs*

Major operators:

• Canal Digital – Offers satellite TV service.
• Elisa – Offers cable TV, broadband, iTV, and fixed and mobile telephony services; 2.3 million mobile subs**; 522,000 broadband subs*; 237,000 cable TV subs.*
• Finnet Group – Largest telco consortium; offers cable TV, broadband, and fixed and mobile telephony services.
• HTV – Largest cable operator; offers satellite TV service via Sky.
• TeliaSonera – Incumbent telco; offers broadband, mobile broadband, and fixed and mobile telephony services; 2.5 million mobile subs*; 497,000 fixed lines in service*; 473,000 broadband subs.*

Country facts:

• DSL dominates broadband delivery.
• If Finland’s digital 450 MHz network is completed next year, Finland will be the first country with a national wireless broadband network.
• TeliaSonera and cable operators offer triple-play services; some have added mobile services to their traditional pay TV and broadband packages.
• Cable operators and telcos are competing for the media center business, which includes voice, video, VoIP, broadband TV, DVRs and PVRs.
• In February 2008, cable analog TV broadcasts ended.

SWEDEN

• Population: 9 million*
• 10.4 million mobile subs**
• 5.5 million fixed lines in service***
• 4.2 million cable TV subs****
• 2.8 million broadband subs*
• 1.1 million satellite TV subs****
• 502,000 VoIP subs***
• 163,000 IPTV subs***

Major operators:

• Bredbandsbolaget (B2) – Offers cable TV, IPTV, broadband, FTTH, telephony and VOD services; 475,000 DSL subs*; 242,000 cable TV subs*; 202,000 VoIP subs.*
• Canal Digital – Offers satellite TV service; 242,000 cable TV subs*; 4,000 cable Internet subs.*
• Com Hem – Largest cable operator; offers cable TV, broadband, telephony and VOD services; 447,000 broadband subs*; 356,000 cable TV subs*; 223,000 telephony subs*; 125,000 triple-play subs.*
• Tele2 – Second-largest telco; offers broadband and fixed and mobile telephony services; 2.9 million mobile subs*; 93,000 broadband subs.*
• TeliaSonera – Largest telco; offers broadband, VOD, and fixed and mobile telephony services; 4.8 million mobile subs*; 4.3 million fixed line subs*; 1.1 million broadband subs.***
• Viasat – Largest satellite provider; offers satellite TV and VOD services.

Country facts:

• DSL dominates broadband delivery.
• ADSL2+ networks are being developed by major broadband providers.
• Cable operators and telcos are competing for the media center business.
• The country began the first stage of its digital switchover in September 2005.

* As of December 2007 | ** As of September 2007 | *** As of June 2007 | **** As of December 2006
Source: BuddeComm

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