Growth of mobile broadband and fibre leading to shift in technology


The number of customers with broadband is continuing to rise. Mobile broadband represents the lion's share of this growth, but broadband via fibre is also continuing to grow. On the other hand, xDSL broadband is showing negative growth, according to PTS's report 'The Swedish Telecommunications Market - first half year 2009'.

There were 4 million broadband customers on 30 June 2009. Compared with the same date the year before, the number of broadband customers increased by 586 000 subscriptions, which corresponds to growth of 17 per cent. What's more, the growth of mobile broadband has contributed to the total number of subscriptions for mobile broadband and mobile telephony now exceeding 11 million.

In the 2000s, most people have broadband via xDSL. This year, however, we have observed that the shift in technology in this market is continuing. For the second consecutive measurement period, xDSL is now decreasing in favour of mobile broadband, broadband via fibre and cable television.

Fixed IP telephony continuing to grow

The number of traditional fixed telephony subscriptions dropped by 8 per cent, at the same time that the number of fixed IP telephony subscriptions grew by 32 per cent between 30 June 2008 and 30 June 2009. The IP telephony trend has been clear in recent years.

Bundled services becoming increasingly common

It has become increasingly common for operators to offer several services that are provided together as a bundled offer. During the first half of 2009, the number of bundled subscriptions grew by 20 per cent. These operators mainly offer bundled services including broadband, fixed telephony and television.

The Swedish Telecommunications Market

PTS publishes 'The Swedish Telecommunications Market' on a semi-annual and annual basis. This report describes developments within the areas of fixed and mobile call services as well as data communications and Internet services. The report will be available in an English web version at, which is the overall portal in English to PTS's statistics. The English version of the portal will open in December.

Read the report

For further information, please contact:
Mattias Viklund, head of Market Analysis, tel. 073-066 57 11 or PTS's Press Office, tel. 08-678 55 55.

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) monitors the electronic communications and postal sectors in Sweden. The term ‘electronic communications’ includes telephony, the Internet and radio. The Agency works with consumer and competition issues, efficient utilisation of resources and secure communications. Read more at