The Swedish Telecommunications Market - First half year 2012 - PTS-ER-2012:24

16/11/2012

Both subscriptions for and the use of fixed call services continued to reduce during the first half-year of 2012. At the end of June, there were 4.3 million subscriptions for fixed telephony. Of these, 3.2 million were private, which means that 72 per cent of all households had a fixed telephone subscription at the end of June 2012. At the same period, one-third of all subscriptions for fixed telephony were IP-based.

Call traffic from the fixed networks reduced during the first half-year of 2012 compared with the same period a year ago, while the traffic from the mobile networks continued to increase. This means that 59 per cent of all call traffic came from mobile networks, while 41 per cent were called from fixed networks.

Viewed overall, fewer calls and fewer minutes were made from fixed and mobile networks during the first half-year of 2012 compared with the first half-year of 2011.

There were in total 8.1 billion SMS messages sent from mobile telephones during the first half-year of 2012, which means that this is the first time that we observed a decline in the total number of SMS messages sent. There were 114 million MMS messages sent during the half-year of 2012, which is more than during any previous half year.

The volume of mobile data sent in the networks increased by 73 per cent during the first half-year of 2012 compared with the first half-year of 2011, which represents a lower rate of increase than in previous periods.
When Swedish subscribers were abroad they made and received calls to the same extent as before, but they send more SMS messages and sent more data than in previous years.

Subscriptions for mobile call and data services continued to increase, and there were 13.7 million such subscriptions at the end of June 2012. Mobile broadband represented a large proportion of this increase. There were 6.2 million mobile broadband subscriptions at the end of June 2012. This is more than twice as many as subscriptions for fixed broadband, which at the same point in time amounted to 3.1 million. Of the fixed broadband subscriptions, fibre and fibre LAN have continued to increase and had risen to 977 000 at the end of June 2012. Of the fixed broadband, just over one-fifth (615 000) had a subscription with a speed for downloading data of at least 100 Mbps, while only three per cent (just over 100 000) had an upload speed of at least 100 Mbps.

IPTV via fibre is the means of distribution that continued to represent the largest proportion of the increase of subscriptions in the Swedish television market. The number of subscriptions for IPTV via fibre was 312 000 at the end of June 2012, corresponding to an increase of 47 per cent in one year.