Eight out of ten households and companies have access to fast broadband

5/20/2019

Broadband expansion through fibre and mobile networks continues and in 2018, 81 per cent of all households and companies had access to broadband of 100 Mbit/s. This is demonstrated in the Swedish National Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) report, Mobile Coverage and Broadband Mapping 2018.

A total of approximately 77 per cent of households have access to fibre. This is an increase of almost 5 percentage points compared to the previous year. The fastest increase was in Halland County (approximately 8 percentage points), followed by Blekinge and Jönköping County.

The expansion of fibre to single family households is happening rapidly - 61 per cent of single family households are now connected to fibre, compared to approximately 53 per cent in 2017. Furthermore, approximately 78 per cent of all single family households are connected to fibre or are located in the immediate vicinity of a building that is already connected to fibre, which provides a high potential for connecting more single family households within a relatively short period of time.

Here is a document that reports on the development across all counties and municipalities (choose table annex). Note that in addition to access to fibre, the report also shows the proportion with fibre available in the immediate vicinity (”homes passed”).

With regard to the follow-up on the expansion and surface coverage for mobile broadband and mobile telephony, the results show that the expansion of mobile networks continues, however it is happening at significantly lower rates than in previous years. The 4G expansion continues but is primarily delivering higher capacity within existing coverage. Expansion of 4G coverage is taking place primarily in counties with lower surface coverage than the country as a whole, for example in Dalarna, Gävleborg, Jämtland and Norrbotten counties.

Progression towards broadband targets 

The Government broadband strategy "A Completely Connected Sweden by 2025 - a Broadband Strategy" was launched in December 2016. The mapping in this report shows how far the expansion has reached in relation to the strategic goals. The strategy contains three overall goals.

In the year 2020, 95 percent of all households and businesses should have access to broadband at a minimum capacity of 100 Mbit/s

The mapping shows that in 2018, 81 per cent of all households and  businesses in Sweden had access to broadband that allows speeds of at least 100 Mbits/s. This is an increase of more than 4 percentage points from the same time the year before. This means a lower rate of increase than between 2016 and 2017 but is still comparable to the mapping for the previous year – despite the fact that expansion is now taking place in more sparsely populated areas.

By the year 2023, all of Sweden should have access to reliable high-quality mobile service.

The availability of good quality mobile services where people usually find themselves” has been followed up in the report. The expansion of mobile networks in these areas, which are characterised by proximity to residential housing, companies, holiday homes and roads has been marginal from October 2017 to the same month in 2018.

By the year 2025, all of Sweden should have access to high-speed broadband

This goal has three underlying sub-goals, all of which must be fulfilled in order for the goal to be considered met. Read more about the goals here.

One of these sub-goals is that 98 per cent of all households and businesses in Sweden should have access to 1 Gbit/s in 2025. The goal includes those households and companies that are in the vicinity of a fibre network and could therefore be able to gain access relatively quickly and in a cost-effective manner. In 2018, more than 89 per cent of all households and businesses had access to IT infrastructure that allows speeds of 1 Gbit/s – either through a connection or by being in the vicinity of fibre networks.

Read the report

For more information:

Jens Ingman, Market Analyst: 073-644 58 82
PTS Media Services: 08-678 55 55

About PTS mobile coverage and broadband mapping 2018

PTS has been commissioned by the Government to report and analyse the actual and possible access to infrastructure and services for electronic communication. The PTS mobile coverage and broadband mapping is an annual report that maps the availability and expansion of fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, i.e. the availability of telephony and broadband where we live and work, as well as access to mobile broadband and mobile telephony throughout the whole of Sweden. The measurement was conducted in October 2018.

The PTS mapping is available on statistik.pts.se and the document is also available in map format on bredbandskartan.se.

About the Government broadband strategy

At the end of 2016, the Government published a new strategy for a completely connected Sweden by 2025. The strategy contains goals for the expansion of broadband:

  • In the year 2020, 95 percent of all households and businesses should have access to broadband at a minimum capacity of 100 Mbit/s.

  • By the year 2023, all of Sweden should have access to reliable high-quality mobile service.

  • the year 2025, all of Sweden should have access to high-speed broadband.

Read the strategy