Swedes are using more and more mobile data


The number of mobile subscriptions for calls and data continues to grow, and consumer use of mobile data continues to increase. This is one of the findings of the Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) report “The Swedish Telecommunications Market 2017”, which describes developments in the market during the last year.

Mobile subscriptions for both calls and data, which are often used by smartphones, have increased by 2 percent; in 2017, there were a total of 10.3 million subscriptions. There were a total of 2.2 call-only mobile subscriptions. That number is 10 percent lower than the previous year. There were a total of 1.9 data-only mobile subscriptions, a decrease of 12 percent.

An ever-increasing amount of mobile data

In 2017, data traffic on mobile networks increased to 831,000 TB (terabytes). This is an increase of 30 percent, the same growth rate as in the previous period. For private subscriptions, the average amount of data consumed amounted to 4.8 GB (gigabytes) per month. That is 47 percent more than the monthly average in the previous year.

Fixed broadband subscriptions with a speed of 1 GB are increasing rapidly

There were 3.9 million fixed broadband subscriptions, which corresponds to an increase of 5 percent. The number of subscriptions via fiber increased by 18 percent to 2.4 million. Fiber and fiber LAN accounted for most of the fixed broadband growth and constituted more than half (62 percent) of all fixed broadband subscriptions.

  • There were 2.6 million subscriptions with download speeds of 100 Mbit/s or more, an increase of 19 percent. These accounted for 67 percent of all fixed broadband subscriptions. Subscriptions for speeds of 1 Gbit/s or more are have increased greatly (by 167 percent), to 100 000 subscriptions.
  • The number of fixed broadband subscriptions with an upload speed of 100 Mbit/s or more also grew more than in previous periods. This number increased by 39 percent, to 1.5 million subscriptions.

“We see a continued strong increase in demand for larger amounts of data in mobile networks and higher speeds in fixed broadband networks. Users are sending a clear signal about the need for continued network expansion, which is in line with the government's broadband targets for the coming years,” says Dan Sjöblom, Director General of the Swedish National Post and Telecom Agency.

The report also shows

  • There were 2.6 million fixed telephony subscriptions, which is a decrease of 16 percent. Of these, IP telephony subscriptions decreased by 12 percent, to a total of 1.5 million.
  • There were 2.9 million digital pay-TV subscriptions to traditional scheduled television via the cable TV network, satellites, terrestrial networks, fiber or xDSL, which is as many as the previous year. The number of subscriptions to television via fiber increased by 18 percent to 1.0 million, and fiber is the largest digital distribution platform.

About “The Swedish Telecommunications Market”

“The Swedish Telecommunications Market” is Sweden's most important operator survey of subscriptions, revenues, data traffic, and other matters related to electronic communication. These include mobile calling and data services, internet services (broadband), fixed calling services, traditional TV services, data communication services, and dark fiber to end customers and channelization.

“The Swedish Telecommunications Market” is available in a web version on the PTS statistics portal. Full table material, including market shares, are also published there, with search and sorting capabilities.

The missions of PTS are to follow the service development of the electronic communications market, to promote competition in this market, and to conduct informational activities directed at consumers. As part of fulfilling these missions, PTS works to collect and publish the market data detailed in this report, “The Swedish Telecommunications Market.” PTS uses the data in its analysis work within the agency’s areas of responsibility.

For more information:

Karin Fransén, Market Analyst in the Connective Society Department, tel: 073-644 57 81
PTS Press Service, tel: 08-678 55 55