Fibre broadband soon in the million club


Swedish households had almost one million broadband subscriptions via fibre at the end of June 2012. At the same time, according to the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority’s (PTS) report ‘The Swedish Telecommunications Market first half-year 2012’, the number of mobile broadband subscriptions increased to 6.2 million.

The broadband market is continuing to grow rapidly. There were almost 9.3 million broadband subscriptions in total on 30 June 2012, which represents an increase of 2.1 million in one year. It is mobile broadband subscriptions that are increasing most rapidly, and two-thirds of them are subscriptions to smartphones.

Fibre subscriptions amounted to 977 000 as of 30 June, an increase of 125 000 subscriptions, and this is the only fixed broadband technology that is growing. The largest fixed broadband technology, ADSL, continues to reduce and had 1.47 million subscriptions at the end of June.

“It is clear that Swedish consumers want to have increasingly fast broadband in their homes, and they also want to have a good broadband connection via telephone and computer when they leave home. The smartphones are in the course of revolutionising our way of connecting,” comments Göran Marby, Director-General of PTS.

We are sending fewer SMS messages

The number of SMS messages sent in Sweden reduced for the first time, to 8.1 billion, during the first half-year. This represents a reduction of eleven per cent compared with the first half-year of 2011. SMS messages have during recent years been challenged by alternative messaging services via, for instance, apps in mobiles, which now seem to have had an impact through a reduction in the number of SMS messages.

Shortage of telephones slows LTE (4G)

Just more than 80 000 subscriptions used the new mobile broadband networks with LTE technology (4G networks) at some time during the second quarter of 2012. This comprises a dramatic increase compared with the first half-year of 2011, when LTE was only used by about 10 000 subscriptions. It is worth noting that during the spring of 2012 there were few telephones on the market that could manage LTE, which may have impeded development. The need for new networks for mobile data traffic is demonstrated by the data volumes that are sent in the networks having increased by 73 per cent compared with the first half-year of 2011.

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About the report

‘The Swedish Telecommunications Market first half-year 2012’ reports on the information that the telephony, broadband and television services operators have provided to PTS. The report shows the situation as of 30 June 2012. More statistics from PTS are available on our statistics portal,