Swedish telecom prices look good in an international comparison

24/02/2016

The prices we pay in Sweden for telephony and broadband are low compared to the rest of the world. This is an outcome of Post and Telecom Authority's (PTS) report “Price developments for mobile telephony and broadband 2015”.

Sweden had the lowest price of the cheapest offers out of all countries when it came to fixed broadband (at least 100 Mbit/s). The subscription in question was SEK 182 per month. This means that Sweden has improved its position since 2014, when Japan was cheaper.

At SEK 145 per month, Sweden has the second cheapest mobile phone subscription (fixed-price subscription which includes a certain amount of calls, text messages and at least 2 GB data per month). Finland is in first place in this regard.

The cheapest offer for an average user (at least 10 GB per month) for stand-alone mobile broadband, for example for a tablet, was SEK 149 in 2015. This puts Sweden in fourth place, which is an improvement from ninth place in the year before.

“It is nice to see that we have such good price levels in Sweden. I believe that our well-balanced regulation has helped us achieve this. It creates the conditions for healthy competition and investments, which in turn lead to affordable offers for the consumer. PTS's regulatory work will continue to play an important role in the future,” says Göran Marby, Director-General of PTS.

Study regarding connection costs for detached houses

Just like last year, PTS has carried out a national study of what the cost is to connect a detached house to the fibre network, and has determined a median price. The reason why we have used the median price is that the price difference is so large between the highest and lowest price – depending on what is included in the price and where the house is located – that an average price can be misleading. The median price gives a more accurate idea of what connecting to the network typically costs.

The results of the study show that the median price of connection is SEK 19,700 including work, equipment and fees.

Easier to switch without long contract periods

Just as last year, the report shows that the offers on the market vary, both in content and price, so significantly that it is hard for consumers to make choices.  On top of this, broadband and telephony services often come with long contract periods.

One positive trend in 2015 is that several operators have removed the long contract periods from their subscriptions. This makes it easier for consumers to change operators if they feel they have been given insufficient or incorrect  information about a service.

Read the summary of the report here.

Background

PTS annually analyses price developments for private customers in the field of electronic communication. In older price reports, the analyses have mainly concerned national price developments. Since 2013 the report includes an international comparison based on price statistics from the OECD member countries. The statistics are based on the largest operators' offers in each country. In addition to the price analysis, the PTS report highlights some important consumer aspects that come into view when purchasing electronic communication services.

For more information, please contact:
Andreas Wigren, Market Analyst, ph: +46 73 644 56 96
PTS press service, ph: +46 8 678 55 55