The Swedish Telecommunications Market - First half year 2013 - PTS-ER-2013:21


During the first half of 2013, the total income from the end-client market for mobile voice and data services was just over 14 billion SEK. Compared with the first half of 2012, this is an increase of 3 per cent. The majority – 59 per cent – of the total income still comes from voice services, but its share decreased at the same time as the share from mobile data services increased to 28 per cent. 

The number of subscriptions that used services on the 4G (LTE) network have increased dramatically. At the end of June 2013 there were 811,000 such subscriptions, which is an increase of 728,000 compared with the same point in time one year earlier, and of 572,000 since the end of December 2012.

Data traffic continued to increase; during the first half of 2013, 124,700 terabytes of data were transferred on the mobile network. This is 68 per cent more than during the first half of 2012. The number of SMS messages sent decreased by 8 per cent while the number of MMS messages increased by 22 per cent. Outgoing voice minutes from the mobile networks increased by 4 per cent to 12.6 billion minutes during the first half of 2013. At the same time, the number of outgoing minutes from fixed networks decreased by 17 per cent, which resulted in the total number of outgoing traffic minutes decreasing by not quite 5 per cent.

The number of broadband subscriptions via fibre totalled 1.1 million at the end of June 2013, an increase of 16 per cent, or 150,000 subscriptions, compared with the same date in 2012. Broadband subscriptions via other fixed access technology were fewer, but despite this the total number of fixed broadband subscriptions increased by not quite 2 per cent.

The demand for high speed continued to grow during this period. At the end of June 2013, there were 840,000 broadband subscriptions with download speeds of 100 Mbit/s or more, which corresponds to 27 per cent of all fixed broadband subscriptions. Since the first half of 2012, the number of mobile broadband subscriptions with download speeds of 30 Mbit/s or more has increased by just over 2 million to 2.7 million. This development is bound up with the strong growth of 4G subscriptions during the period.

IPTV via fibre was the platform for traditional TV services that increased the most, even if the rate of growth was lower than in earlier periods.

At the PTS statistics portal ( there are statistics from the report published in tables, where data for individual service providers are also