Public Consultation on Broadband Funding

A prerequisite for a project to be granted broadband funding is that it is done in an area where there is a market failure. Therefore, the National Post and Telecom Authority is asking all potential network builders to report whether they have, or without government funding, plan to deploy NGA networks (Next Generation Access networks) within three years to any of the buildings in the building records.

You can find the definition of NGA networks in Article 2:138 of the European Commission’s regulation (EU) No 651/2014 of 17 June 2014 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the internal market in application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty, called the General Block Exemption Regulation below.

The consultation will continue until April 30, 2020. Replies should be sent to bredbandsstod@pts.se.

What Should You Do?

Notify PTS through a response in the consultation if you find that any of the buildings included in the building records are buildings where you have, or plan to deploy, NGA networks within the next three years. Technologies that currently meet the requirements are:

  • Fiber
  • DOCSIS 3.0
  • VDSL connections within 500 meters of the local telecommunication switch
  • Fixed radio (under certain conditions)

For a radio-based solution to be defined as a NGA network, according to the General Block Exemption Regulation, PTS assessment is that it must be a dedicated solution to pre-appointed subscribers where the subscriber's customer equipment is permanently mounted. It is important that the network is dimensioned so that the shared capacity is sufficient for the subscribers to use the local solution.

PTS encourages everyone to submit information in this consultation, as it increases the reliability of the government funding being distributed on correct grounds. In order to prevent operators from using the consultation to tactically block areas where it is believed that a competing business will apply for funds, PTS will assess the credibility of the responses received.

How Do You Submit Your Response?

To submit a response during the consultation, follow these steps:

  • Download the Excel file for the region in question.
  • Mark the building that are part of your deployment plans with the number one (1), in column K.
  • Submit supplementary information that verifies that there is a planned project related to the building that you have marked in the Excel list such as:
    • Network deployment decision
    • Description of the technology to be used
    • Network plan
    • Project plan
    • For radio-based solutions, you must send in supporting documents that show that the solution meets the requirements to be defined as NGA networks
  • If the buildings are part of different deployment projects, you must create a project ID for each project and fill in this project ID in column L. You can then refer to this number in your supplementary documentation. In this way it becomes clear what documents are related to which buildings.

Responses in the consultation should be sent by e-mail to bredbandsstod@pts.se at the latest by April 30, 2020.

Building Records

Below you find the records of where buildings for which PTS has no information on existing NGA broadband infrastructure or planned deployment of such within the next three years.

The basic format for the information is Excel format (.xls) where each building forms a row in the Excel document with the following column data:

  • Uuid = Unique ID number per building from Lantmäteriet’s property register
  • lgh_antal = Number of housing apartments per building (Source: Lantmäteriet)
  • arb_antal = Number of workplaces per building (Source: SCB)
  • fritidshud = Number of vacation homes per building (Source: SCB)
  • Xkoord = The midpoint of the building's x-coordinate in the SWEREF 99 TM reference system
  • Ykoord = The midpoint of the y-coordinate of the building in the SWEREF 99 TM reference system
  • LANKOD = The building's county affiliation described as a two-digit code for counties in Sweden.
  • kommunkod = The building's municipal affiliation described as a four-digit code for municipalities in Sweden.
  • fritidshusbyggnad = A building marked with 1 means it is a vacation home (Source: SCB)
  • Prioritet = Buildings prioritized by the regions
  • samråd = Mark with the number one (1) if you plan to deploy a NGA network to this building
  • samråd_projekt = Create an ID which you can use as a reference for your supplementary information (e.g. your network plan can have a reference to “samråd_projekt” number 4)

Information about a building having access to NGA networks comes from PTS broadband mapping. Building data comes from the property register (Lantmäteriet), except for the information about whether a building is a vacation home which is taken from Statistics Sweden (SCB).

The information is published in Excel format (.xlsx) and can also be provided in the following formats upon request:

Text

  • .csv (comma separated text file)

GIS

  • .MIF (Map Info Format)
  • .shp (Shape Format)
  • .kml / .kmz (Google Earth format)
  • .gpkg (GeoPackage format)

Static image

  • .png (Portable Network Graphics)
  • .pdf (Portable Document Format)

Next Step in the Process

After the public consultation, PTS will review and process the responses. The publication of the final list of buildings that could be included in deployment projects with government funding will take place on June 8, 2020 and last day to apply for funding for a deployment project will be September 6, 2020.