We are now calling more from our mobiles than from fixed telephones


Now for the first time Swedes are calling more from their mobiles than from fixed telephones. This is shown by the report ‘The Swedish Telecommunications Market first half-year 2010’ by the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS).

According to PTS’s calculations, the crossing point between mobile and fixed telephony usage occurred in early May 2010. In total, Swedes made calls for 11 billion minutes from mobile networks and 10.3 billion minutes from fixed networks during the first half-year of 2010. This means that 52 per cent of the outgoing traffic came from mobile networks.  

“Ten years ago the mobile networks represented less than 10 per cent of all outgoing call traffic. This growth has been rapid, and we have not yet seen the end,” says Mattias Viklund, Head of Accessibility and Market Analysis at PTS.

Continuing decrease in subscriptions for fixed telephony

Ten years ago there were about as many subscriptions for fixed and mobile telephony - approximately 6 million of each. Since then the number of subscriptions for fixed telephony has reduced to 5 million, while the number of mobile subscriptions has increased to 10.5 million.

One-third of broadband is mobile

There were 4.5 million broadband subscriptions on 30 June 2010. Of these, 3 million were subscriptions for fixed broadband and 1.5 million were subscriptions for mobile broadband. On 30 June 2010, 45 per cent of this broadband had a capacity of at least 10 Mbit per second downstream.

The report ‘The Swedish Telecommunications Market’

PTS releases the report ‘The Swedish Telecommunications Market’ every half-year and full-year. It describes developments within the areas of fixed and mobile call services and data communications and Internet services.

The report is based on market statistics from telecom and Internet companies operating in Sweden. PTS sent the questionnaire for the report for the first half-year 2010 to in total 52 stakeholders. The response rate was 100 per cent. The report is also available as a web version at statistics.pts.se, which is the aggregated entry for PTS statistics.

Read a summary of the report

For more information, please contact:
Mattias Viklund, head of Accessibility and 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 www.pts.se.