Broadband arrives in 120 homes and companies thanks to the PTS coverage provision

18/12/2012

The coverage requirements for the 800 MHz band has now led to 4G coverage for 120 homes and companies who previously were not able to purchase broadband from a normal internet service provider.

When the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) auctioned the frequency band that had previously been used for analogue television (the "800 MHz band"), one of the permits came with a special provision. The buyer had to reserve SEK 300 million of the price sum to build broadband where no other company was building. This is due to the fact that the 800 MHz band is suitable for creating good coverage in rural areas. The broadband should offer a capacity of at least 1 Mbit/s in the homes and companies that the PTS identify as lacking broadband.

120 homes and companies get broadband at the turn of the year

The permit was bought by Net4Mobility, a company jointly owned by Tele2 and Telenor. Between 2012 and 2014, the company is building a 4G mobile net that will provide broadband coverage to those who lack it.

Around the turn of the year, the first 120 homes and companies will receive broadband coverage through the new net. During 2013, approximately 400 homes and companies will receive coverage and, during the 2014, the goal is for the last homes and companies in Sweden that lack broadband to take advantage of this expansion, presuming the SEK 300 million is sufficient. So far, the PTS has identified 628 homes and companies that are to be offered coverage in accordance with the coverage provision.

Net4Mobility has the ability to provide broadband coverage to even more homes and companies, depending on how they construct their 4G mobile network. The cost for coverage in addition to the homes and companies that the PTS has identified must however be incurred by the company itself, as the SEK 300 million are set aside to provide broadband coverage to those who cannot purchase broadband from a normal internet service provider.

Those who want to use the new broadband must purchase a subscription with the internet service provider and pay a subscription fee like anyone else purchasing broadband. The government only finances the expansion, indirectly, through the PTS.

Are you unable to purchase broadband? Send an application to the PTS

The PTS is still working on identifying homes and companies that cannot purchase broadband of at least 1 Mbit/s from a normal internet service provider. Send an application via www.pts.se/bredbandslistan , or contact the PTS by phone: +46 (0)8 678 55 00. Your application can only concern your primary place of residence – you may not submit an application for, for example, a weekend dwelling.

Facts: These counties will have broadband switched on at the turn of the year

This is the number of homes and companies that are given coverage through the coverage provision around the turn of the year.

  • Jämtland County: 14
  • Västernorrland County: 13
  • Norrbotten County: 14
  • Västerbotten County: 50
  • Dalarna County: 8
  • Södermanland County: 1
  • Gävleborg County: 8
  • Värmland County: 8
  • Stockholm County: 1
  • Västra Götaland County: 3

New addresses for Net4Mobility

At the end of each year, the PTS sends a new list to Net4Mobility with addresses that should be given coverage during the coming year. Today, on 18 December 2012, the PTS sent out this year's list, which contains 263 addresses. 75 per cent of the addresses on this list should be offered broadband of at least 1 Mbit/s during 2013.

Read more about the PTS's work with identifying homes without broadband coverage and about existing rules and regulations: http://www.pts.se/sv/Internet/Bredband-ADSL/Utan-bredband/ (Only in Swedish)

For more information:

Robert Holmström, Project Manager: +46 73 644 56 76
PTS Press Office: +46 8 678 55 55