Strong demand for the fastest fixed and mobile broadband subscriptions


The number of broadband subscribers of 100Mbit/s or more continued to grow significantly in 2013. This is evident from the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority’s (PTS) report The Swedish Telecommunications Market 2013, which describes development over the last year of the telecommunications market.

The number of broadband subscribers with speeds of 100 Mbit/s or more increased in 2013 to 975,000, i.e. by 29 per cent since 2012. The number of subscriptions for broadband via fibre increased in 2013 while xDSL and cable television declined. Consequently, fibre subscriptions account for the growth of fixed broadband.

Mobile subscriptions that use 4G services, i.e. where you actually connect to a 4G network, have increased from 252,000 in 2012 to 1.5 million in 2013. An important explanation for this increase is that more and more mobile phones designed for 4G technology have been released on the market. Also the number of subscribers that can use 4G services has risen sharply, from 2.4 million in 2012 to 5.2 million in 2013.

- "Obviously consumers continue to ask for fast broadband, which gives this world-unique development year after year. Hopefully this will lead to further expansion, which benefits everyone: consumers, market operators and Sweden as an IT nation," says Göran Marby, Director-General of PTS.

Data traffic continues to increase

In 2013, the amount of data traffic on mobile networks increased by 54 per cent. Approximately 30 per cent of this came from smartphone subscriptions, which also increased by 14 per cent compared to the previous year. The average smartphone user consumed 1.3 GB of data per month, while those who purchased mobile broadband as a standalone service, e.g. for a computer or tablet, used almost 7 GB per month.

Revenues on the market fell slightly

Retail market revenues for electronic communications in 2013 amounted to just over SEK 52.2 billion. This is a slight drop from 2012, when revenues were just over SEK 52.3 billion.

This is primarily due to revenues for landline call services continuing to decline. From 2012 to 2013 these decreased by 14 per cent.

Sharp increase in MMS

The number of MMS sent during 2013 increased by 28 per cent (from 241 million during 2012 to 307 million during 2013). In contrast, the number of SMS fell by 13 per cent.

A summary of the report can be read here

PTS statistics portal

Swedish Telecommunications Market is available in a web version on the PTS statistics portal: In addition to the entire table material, even market shares with search and sorting options are published here.

About Swedish Telecommunications Market

Swedish Telecommunications Market is the annual report from PTS, which describes developments in the areas landline and mobile call services, data communications, television and Internet services.

For more information:
Andreas Wigren, Consumer Markets Department, phone: (+46) 73-644 56 96 or
PTS Press Service, tel: (+46) 8-678 55 55