IP telephony now more common than traditional fixed line telephony


IP telephony has increased by 7% and has now overtaken traditional fixed line telephony in terms of subscriptions. This is shown in the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency's (PTS) report on the Swedish telecommunications market in 2015, which describes developments on the market over the last year.

IP telephony, or telephone subscription via broadband connection, is now more common than fixed line telephony over the copper network (PSTN). Compared with 2014, the number of IP subscriptions increased by 7%, while traditional telephony continues to decrease.

"IP based technologies are now the most common type for both telephony and broadband services, and the use of these services continues to increase. It is a positive development, in which strong demand and continued investment go hand in hand," says Catarina Wretman, acting Director General of PTS.

Swedes use mobile data more and more

The amount of data that the Swedes use abroad has grown exponentially. Between 2014 and 2015 traffic increased by 75%. In the Swedish mobile network, too, there is a clear increase in the use of data: in 2015 there was a transfer of 471,000 terabytes of data, or an increase of 29% since the previous year.

The number of mobile call minutes increased by 11%, which is a higher growth rate than the previous year.  From a steady decrease over the past few years, text messaging has levelled out. This is due to the increased number of fixed price subscriptions with free calls and texts.

Of the 14.8 million mobile subscriptions at the end of 2015, 6.2 million have used 4G services, which is an increase of 53%.

Fibre on the increase

In 2015 the number of fibre subscriptions increased by 19% which is a  a relatively sharp increase. The increase was  17% between 2013 and 2014. Fibre  became the most common form of access technology in 2014. This position has been consolidated with the continued strong increase in 2015.

Mobile revenues increase

Total revenues on the retail market for electronic communications amounted to SEK 52 billion. The figure remains unchanged from 2014.

Revenues from mobile calls and data services increased by 2%. Income from fixed broadband subscriptions increased by 10% to SEK 10.4 billion, while revenues from fixed telephony continued to decrease by 16%.

The report is found here.

About the Swedish Telecommunications Market

The Swedish Telecommunications Market - previously entitled the Swedish Telemarket - is the PTS annual report describing developments in the areas of fixed and mobile call services and data communications, TV and internet services.

The report is available in a web version on the PTS statistics portal (currently only in Swedish - the English translation will be available by early July). In addition to all the table materials, market shares are also published with search and sort functions.

For more information:
Karin Fransén, Market Analyst at the Connected Society Department, phone: +46 (0)73-644 57 81
PTS press services, phone: +46 (0)8-678 55 55