Denmark (country regulation overview)

Date: November 23, 2010
Pages: 22
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The Danish government and the regulator, the National IT and Telecom Agency (NITA), are focusing on increasing broadband adoption in Denmark and have set a target of 100% broadband coverage at speeds of 100Mbps by 2020. In line with this objective, the NITA has already allocated spectrum in the 2.5GHz band and plans to allocate 450–470MHz spectrum in 2010, primarily for mobile broadband purposes.

The NITA is also evaluating the options of digital dividend and frequency re-farming in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands. These service- and technology-neutral frequencies decrease the necessity for upgrading the technologies frequently. We anticipate that this will help operators reduce costs, thereby encouraging investments in mobile broadband and value-added services. Furthermore, we believe that the introduction of LTE technology using the 2.5GHz band will enable service providers to launch higher-speed mobile broadband services, and help Denmark maintain its lead in terms of broadband penetration within the EU region.

In addition to its focus on the mobile data market, the NITA took some key decisions in the past year to develop fixed-line wholesale broadband markets in Denmark. It has obligated the incumbent, TDC, to provide access to cable ducts and optical fiber, and also offer broadband services over fiber and cable-TV networks to alternative operators.

While the government’s target of 100% broadband coverage looks somewhat ambitious, we believe that the NITA’s proactive approach to develop both fixed and mobile broadband markets can help achieve this goal.
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Fixed market overview
Triple-play services
Mobile market overview
National regulatory authority
Role of the national competition authority
Key legislation and regulation
Current status of market analysis
Mobile licensing
GSM licensing
3G licensing
Allocation of frequencies in the 2.5GHz range
Allocation of frequencies in 3.5GHz range
Re-farming in the 900/1800MHz bands
Digital dividend
Retail regulation
The retail market
Wholesale fixed regulation
Services subject to regulation
Number portability
Narrowband voice interconnection
Cost model for reference interconnection offer
Basis for setting charges
Cost model for TDC’s reference interconnect offer
Procedure for reviewing cost model
Procedure for setting and reviewing charges
Wholesale access
Local loop unbundling
Wholesale line rental
Wholesale broadband services
Bitstream access
Wholesale mobile regulation
Services subject to regulation
Mobile number portability
Wholesale mobile access
Mobile termination rates
Mobile call termination
Mobile SMS termination
Competition cases
Current cases
Universal service
Universal service obligations
Market definitions


Table 1: Denmark: Mobile market information
Table 2: Denmark: 2.5GHz spectrum allocation
Table 3: Fixed sector: services subject to regulation
Table 4: Mobile services in Denmark: services subject to regulation
Table 5: The EC’s definition of relevant markets and SMP designation


Figure 1: Fixed-line subscribers in Denmark: 2005–09
Figure 2: Fixed broadband subscribers in Denmark: 2005–09
Figure 3: Mobile subscribers in Denmark: 2005–09
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