Effective government broadband policies during the last few years have helped Sweden develop one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Europe. DSL still dominates broadband access, though the number of subscribers is falling as customers migrate to fibre networks. Some resilience in the DSL sector is shown by operators investing in VDSL upgrades, though this is a short-term measure on the path to FttP. There is also competition from HFC infrastructure, with the main cableco Com Hem offering data rates at up to 1Gb/s on its fibre network. It is also investing in services based on the DOCSIS3.1 standard.
Sweden’s fibre sector is also among the most vibrant in the world, with the country now having one of the highest fibre-broadband densities in Europe. Further development of the fibre sector is key to the government’s revised broadband strategy for 2025, which will see 98% of broadband lines able to access a 1Gb/s service.
Considerable investment in mobile networks has also made mobile broadband a fast-growing sector, with LTE-based services available in most rural areas not covered by fixed-line infrastructure, and with 5G expected to be integral to the overall broadband platform in coming years.
This report examines Sweden’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, including analyses of market dynamics and the main operators, as well as subscriber forecasts.
Government promotes new broadband strategy to 2025; legislation comes into force aimed at promoting broadband deployment through encouraging infrastructure sharing and coordination of works; regulator applies new tools to ease broadband market regulation; Com Hem acquires Boxer TV-Access; Telia completes G.fast field trials to deliver 1Gb/s services; Com Hem launches a 500Mb/s cable service and a 1Gb/s fibre service; Telia commits to SEK5 billion investment to connect up to one million households with FttP; Telia invests SEK500 million upgrading 800,000 connections with VDSL2; report update includes the regulator’s market data to December 2016, telcos’ operating and financial data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.
Telia, Telenor, Com Hem, PiteEnergi, BAS.
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Last updated 12 Oct 2017
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