Sweden well on its way to achieving the EU broadband targets

21/03/2014

In 2013, as many as 72 per cent of Swedish households and businesses had access to broadband above 30 Mbps. This means that the EU broadband targets are well on their way to being met, as shown in the 2013 broadband survey completed by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS).

For the first time, the PTS broadband survey has looked at broadband access in relation to the EU broadband targets, which specify that all of the EU should have access to internet speeds above 30 Mbps by 2020. The conditions are therefore favourable to achieve the EU broadband targets.

Continued development benefits Swedish targets as well

The Government set itself the objective that by 2020, 90 per cent of all households and businesses should have access to broadband with a speed of more than 100 Mbps.

The survey shows that in October 2013, 57 per cent of all households and businesses had access to broadband with a theoretical speed of at least 100 Mbps. In comparison with October 2012, this is an increase of 4 percentage points. This increase can be attributed to the continued installation of fibre optic cables.

The expansion of LTE has also continued to grow: in October 2012, 93 per cent of all households and businesses had access to broadband via LTE (4G). In October 2013, that number was 99 per cent. The largest increase has occurred outside urban and suburban centres.

"Aside from the expansion of LTE, the extension of fibre optic cable and VDSL also contributed to last year's results. While 53 per cent of all households and businesses had access to 30 Mbps last year, that number is now almost 75 per cent, which is a terrific development", says Göran Marby, the Director General of PTS.

For more information:
Bianca Kojo-Gustafsson, Market Analyst: phone +46 730-644 57 09
PTS Press Service, tel: (+46) 8-678 55 55

 

About the 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. The objective is that 90 per cent of all households and businesses should have access to broadband at a rate of at least 100 Mbps by 2020.

Access and connectivity will also be looked at in relation to the EU broadband targets. This means that by 2020, everyone in Europe should have access to internet speeds above 30 Mbps, and at least 50 per cent of all European households should be subscribing to internet connections of over 100 Mbps.

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.