Half of households and businesses in Sweden can get fast broadband

14/03/2012

Almost half of all households and businesses in Sweden can get broadband with a theoretical rate of at least 100 Mbps. Fibre accounts for the entire increase. This was shown in the 2011 Broadband Survey conducted by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS).

PTS’s Broadband Survey shows that 49 per cent of all households and businesses in Sweden have access to broadband with a theoretical rate of at least 100 Mbps. This represents an increase of approximately five percentage points compared with 2010. This increase is due to fibre being rolled out in the access network.

“A high level of interest in fibre can be seen from both operators and all of the village and local associations around Sweden that are making investments. The survey also shows that an increasingly large proportion of consumers are choosing to purchase the fastest subscriptions. This paves the way for further positive developments in access to fast broadband,” says Göran Marby, Director-General of PTS.

Just over 500,000 households had the fastest subscriptions in October 2011, and this increase corresponds to approximately 140,000 subscriptions.

The Broadband Survey also shows that there was a rapid increase in 2011 in access to broadband with LTE (referred to as ‘4G’) where we live and work, predominantly in larger urban areas. Approximately 48 per cent of households had LTE coverage in 2011, which may be compared with just over a tenth of a per cent in 2010. Access to LTE is expected to increase in areas outside urban areas and small districts in the future in pace with operators rolling out LTE in the 800 MHz band.

The proportion of households and businesses in Sweden residing in, or in the proximity of, a property that is connected to a fibre network increased from 54 per cent to 60 per cent between October 2010 and October 2011.

PTS’s statistics portal contains information about broadband coverage in all counties and municipalities.

PTS Broadband Survey 2011 (in Swedish)

For more information, please contact:
Oscar Holmström, tel. 073-640 58 17
PTS's Press Office, tel. 08-678 55 55

PTS Broadband Survey

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) has been assigned by the Government to describe and analyse actual and possible access to infrastructure as well as electronic communications services. The overview is to be based on a geographical survey of the areas where there are preconditions for access to IT infrastructure and where these are lacking. Access in relation to the objectives of the Government’s Broadband Strategy for Sweden is to be reported on specifically.

PTS’s Broadband Survey is an annual report that surveys access to fixed broadband, via wire networks and mobile networks, where we live and work; i.e. at fixed points. It does not survey mobile broadband coverage or the extent of the area of Sweden that has access to broadband, nor access at holiday homes, recreation areas and along roads.