Smartphones with broadband are taking over

07/11/2011

Swedes are using 2.3 million smartphones with broadband in the mobile networks, and there has been a sharp increase in mobile surfing. At the same time, the number of calls made and SMS messages sent are no longer increasing as quickly as in the past. This is shown in a report issued by the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) entitled ‘The Swedish Telecommunications Market first half-year 2011’.

There has been a sharp increase in mobile broadband as an add-on package for subscriptions for smart mobile telephones, with 2.3 million subscriptions on 30 June 2011. At the same time, 1.9 million mobile broadband subscriptions were sold as a stand-alone service, primarily for use by computers. This trend has led to a sharp increase in data traffic in mobile networks.

In other words, mobile use is increasing, although calls and SMS messages are not the main attraction. The number of outgoing call minutes and SMS messages in mobile networks is still increasing, but this increase has levelled out since 30 June 2010.

“Consumers want access to services via the Internet anywhere and at any time, and broadband via smart phones and laptops can meet this need,” states Göran Marby, Director-General of PTS. “These developments require high-capacity wireless broadband networks that function. It is thus good to see that operators are now investing in rolling out mobile networks. PTS has just assigned several frequency spaces in 2011, putting in place the conditions required for this rollout.”

Broadband via fibre networks continues to increase

There has been another important development within fixed broadband networks. The number of fixed broadband subscriptions has largely remained the same and was just under 3 million on 30 June 2011. However, the number of broadband subscriptions via fibre networks increased by 16 per cent, amounting to 843,000. This increase has taken place at the expense of broadband via the copper (xDSL) and cable television networks. The report also shows that almost 20 per cent of people who are able to obtain a subscription with a speed of at least 100 Mbits per second do so, which shows that there is demand for maximum broadband speeds.

The report

‘The Swedish Telecommunications Market first half-year 2011’ describes the information reported to PTS by telephony, broadband and television service operators. The report shows the situation as of 30 June 2011. More statistics from PTS are available on our statistics portal http://www.statistics.pts.se. (The English version of the statistics portal for the first half year 2011 will be available on November 15. Until then figures are only available on the Swedish version of the portal www.statistik.pts.se.)

A summary of the report 

For more information, please contact:
Pamela Davidsson, market analyst, tel. 070-811 40 65 or
PTS's Press Office, tel. 08-678 55 55