Teleommunication and Postal Services

0. Registration entry for subjects

0.1 Name

Teleommunication and Postal Services

0.2 Subject area

Tourism, transport and IT

0.3 Responsible authority; office, division, person etc.

Statistics Iceland
Education and culture statistics
Ragnar Karlsson,
Borgartun 21 A,
150 Reykjavik
Tel.: +354 528 1051
Fax: +354 528 1199

0.4 Purpose and history

The purpose of the statistics is to collect, preserve, describe and publish numerical information on telecommunications and postal services. Systematic data collection in the field began in 1965, but was modified to the present form in 1996/1997.

0.5 Users and application

Government bodies, international organizations, companies, and other who are engaged in activities within the field, such as researchers and students.

0.6 Sources

The Post and Telecommunication Administration in Iceland and Iceland Post Ltd.

0.7 Legal basis for official statistics

Statistics collected, generated and disseminated by Statistics Iceland are governed by the Regulation on the Central Government Administration 3/2004, the legislation on Statistics Iceland 24/1913, the Statistics Act 29/1895 and the EES Agreement 2/1993.

0.8 Response burden

The Post and Telecommunication Administration in Iceland monitors with regular intervals operation and services of all telecommunication service providers and companies providing general postal services according to the legal framework for electronic communications and postal services as influenced by Directives of the European Union and domestic legal acts and regulations on telecommunications and postal services.

0.9 EEA and EU obligations

Law about the European Economic Area 2/1993 stipulates that the Contracting Parties shall ensure the production and dissemination of coherent and comparable statistical information for describing and monitoring all relevant economic, social and environmental aspects of the EEA. (§76:1). Further according to legal acts and regulations by the EU Directive.

1. Contents

1.1 Description of content

Distribution, concentration and use of the fixed telephone network and mobile telephone networks (NMT and GSM), number of telephone and telecommunication service providers and market shares.
Postal services
Postal offices, service level, post traffic and volume.

1.2 Statistical concepts

Population: Data based upon all licensed telecommunication and postal services providers.
Units: Most of the figures are basic figures with totals. For the convenience of the user, proportional and per capita figures are shown where appropriate. Derivate figures, e.g. in fixed prices, are usually not provided. Statistical concepts and definitions are explained in notes with tables. More specific explanations of concepts and definitions are provided by the person in charge.

2. Time

2.1 Reference periods

The calendar year.

2.2 Process time

Statistical data from previous year are published no later than by end of the following year.

2.3 Punctuality

Data are published as soon as available on the Web and in print publications.

2.4 Frequency of releases

Once a year.

3. Reliability and security

3.1 Accuracy and reliability

See The Post and Telecommunication Authority (

3.2 Sources of errors

See The Post and Telecommunication Authority (

3.3 Measures on confidence limits/accuracy

See The Post and Telecommunication Authority (

4. Comparison

4.1 Comparison between periods

Data are comparable, except in cases when classification has been changed. Comparability is ensured according to international standards, whenever available.

4.2 Comparison with other statistics

-see 4.1

4.3 Coherence between preliminary and final statistics

Provisional data are generally not provided.

5. Access to information

5.1 Forms of dissemination

Statistics, categorized statistical Web tables,
Statistical Series,
Statistical Yearbook of Iceland
Statistics Iceland provides annually EUROSTAT information on telecommunications and postal services.

5.2 Basic data; storage and usability

Storage of basic material in Excel or in Access format.

5.3 Reports

Media and Culture 2003,
Media and Culture 1999.

5.4 Other information

Further information from the person responsible.

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