Seven out of ten have high-speed broadband as a consequence of continued fibre roll-out

20/03/2017

More than seven out of ten households and businesses had access to broadband with a minimum rate of 100 Mbps in October 2016, representing an increase of five per cent compared with the previous year. 66.4 per cent had access to fibre and around a further 13 per cent of households were in the immediate vicinity of a building connected to fibre. This was indicated by the Mobile Coverage and Broadband Survey compiled by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) in 2016.

“The roll-out of high-speed broadband is the basis for the continued digitalisation of society. It is therefore pleasing that there have been investments and roll-out throughout Sweden to enable a growing number of households and businesses to enjoy benefits in the form of growth, participation and public services made possible by broadband development. The Swedish Government has set ambitious targets, and we are one of many stakeholders that must now continue to support the endeavours being made to promote the ongoing roll-out,” explains Dan Sjöblom, Director-General of PTS.

The County of Halland had the highest fibre growth last year

The County of Stockholm has the largest proportion of households with access to fibre, followed by the counties of Västerbotten and Gotland. The greatest increase in fibre access for households was in the County of Halland, from almost 52 per cent in 2015 to almost 61 per cent in 2016. There was also a relatively high increase for households in the counties of Uppsala and Dalarna (8.5 and 8.3 per cent respectively).

Fibre has primarily been rolled out to single-family houses. 42 per cent of all single-family houses in Sweden were connected to fibre in October 2016 as compared with 33 per cent in 2015. Just over a further 20 per cent of single-family houses are in the immediate vicinity of a building connected to fibre, and it would thus be relatively quick to connect them to a fibre network.

Roll-out of mobile coverage through 4G networks

The area coverage for mobile broadband continues to increase, and it is now possible to use mobile broadband with a minimum rate of 10 Mbps (excluding coverage from the 450 MHz band) in 69 per cent of areas in Sweden. Roll-out has primarily taken place in the counties of Jämtland, Norrbotten, Västerbotten and Västernorrland, where area coverage increased by over six per cent.

4G roll-out in higher frequency bands has meant that the area coverage for mobile broadband at a minimum rate of 30 Mbps has doubled and now covers just over five per cent of the area of Sweden. The greatest increase in coverage has been in the southern half of Sweden.

View the report - only in Swedish
View a data file showing fibre coverage and coverage at a minimum rate of 100 Mbps for counties and municipalities - only in Swedish

For more information:

Jens Ingman, Market Analyst, tel.: +46 (0)73-644 58 82

PTS’s Press Office, tel.: +46 (0)8-678 55 55

PTS’s Mobile Coverage and Broadband Survey

PTS has been assigned by the Government to describe and analyse actual and possible access to infrastructure as well as electronic communications services. PTS’s Mobile Coverage and Broadband Survey is an annual report that surveys access to fixed broadband, via wire networks and mobile networks, where we live and work (i.e. at fixed points), and also mobile area coverage for broadband and telephony.

PTS’s survey can be found at www.statistik.pts.se and supporting information is also available in survey format from www.bredbandskartan.pts.se.

Swedish Government’s Broadband Strategy

The Government published a new strategy at the end of 2016 for Sweden to be totally online by 2025. This strategy includes new broadband roll-out targets:

  • 95 per cent of all households and businesses should have access to broadband at a minimum rate of 100 Mbps by 2020.
  • The whole of Sweden should have access to stable and good quality mobile services by 2023.
  • The whole of Sweden should have access to high speed broadband by 2025.

The targets set by the previous Broadband Strategy in 2009 are followed up in this report. The new targets will be followed up in next year’s survey.

View Strategy (in Swedish)