Sharp increase in high-speed broadband


The number of 4G broadband subscriptions is sharply increasing, and so is fixed broadband with speeds of 100 Mbit/s or more. This is shown in the Swedish Telecommunications Market report issued by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS).

The Swedish Telecommunications Market report by PTS shows the growth of the telecommunications market during 2012. The report shows, for example, that 4G systems enjoy rapid growth – the number of active 4G broadband subscriptions has increased from 30,000 to 240,000 from 2011 to 2012. Partly as a result of this, the mobile data traffic increased by 75 per cent compared to 2011.

More than 750,000 fixed broadband subscriptions of 100 Mbit/s or faster

The number of fixed broadband subscriptions with speeds of 100 Mbit/s or more amounted to 755,000 in 2012, which is an increase of 41 per cent compared to 2011. For the first time, PTS is also conducting a survey of the number of subscriptions with speeds in excess of 1 Gbit/s (1,000 Mbit/s). In 2012, there were approximately 1,000 subscriptions of that kind in the whole of Sweden. PTS also confirms that there are now more than 1 million fibre broadband subscriptions – an increase of 16 per cent.

"The consumers are demanding increasingly faster broadband and the providers are launching more and more fibre and 4G subscriptions. That bodes well for the consumers, the industry and for Sweden as an IT nation", says Göran Marby, Director-General of PTS.

A small decrease in revenue

In 2012, the total revenue for the retail market for electronic communications amounted to SEK 53 billion in total. It is a small decrease from 2011 and it is mainly due to the decrease in revenue from landline services, which has dropped by 11 per cent. The revenue from mobile call and data services continue to increase overall, but not to the same extent as previous years. Revenue from mobile data services increased by 21 per cent in 2012 to SEK 7 billion, whereas revenue from mobile call services decreased slightly.

All the statistics can be found on the PTS statistics portal

The Swedish Telecommunications Market report is an annual report of PTS, which outlines the development within the areas of landline and mobile call services and data communications, television and internet services. The Swedish Telecommunications Market report is available as a web version on the PTS statistics portal: On the website, the table material is published in full as well as market shares with a search and sort function.