Three out of four fixed broadband subscriptions have a speed of over 100 Mbit/s
Swedes are choosing faster and faster broadband subscriptions, and mobile calls via 4G have experienced a breakthrough. This is one of the findings of the Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) report “The Swedish Telecommunications Market 2018”, which describes developments in the market during the last year.
The increase in the number of fibre subscriptions has meant that fixed broadband subscriptions offer ever-higher speeds. On December 31, 2018 there were 2.9 million subscriptions with a download speed of at least 100 Mbit/s. This accounted for just under 75 per cent of the total number of fixed broadband subscriptions, and constituted an increase of seven percentage points compared to 2017.
Fibre accounts for the entire increase in fixed broadband subscriptions. In total, this market increased by three per cent in 2018, while the number of fibre subscriptions increased by 11 per cent and amounted to 2.7 million subscriptions. For the first time, there were fewer broadband subscriptions via the copper network (xDSL) than broadband subscriptions via cable TV networks (0.6 and 0.7 million subscriptions, respectively).
Breakthrough for voice calls via 4G networks
2018 was the first year in which many subscribers became able to make calls via the 4G network, after the operators introduced new technologies to enable this. In the course of the year, a quarter of all traffic minutes were used via 4G networks, compared with only one per cent in the previous year. The technological development means that phones no longer need to disconnect from 4G and connect to another network during voice calls. In addition, the technology allows calls to be automatically switched over to WiFi networks if the indoor 4G coverage is weak, provided that the user's phone supports this.
A slight decline in revenues
Revenues from the retail market for electronic communications totalled just under SEK 51 billion in 2018, which was a decrease of two per cent. The reduction in revenue can be traced to fixed telephony, where revenues fell by 18 per cent. The number of subscriptions for fixed line telephony decreased nearly as much, and amounted to 2.2 million subscriptions. Fixed telephony has been long faced challenges from mobile telephony and Internet voice services, and this has led to a decline in subscriptions, call volumes and revenues.
Private mobile subscriptions drive an increase in data traffic
At year-end, the total number of mobile subscriptions was 14.3 million. Both the number of subscriptions and revenues from the mobile services market were roughly the same as the previous year. Data traffic via mobile networks grew by 28 per cent in the course of the year, a slightly lower increase than the year before. Private mobile subscriptions for calls and data are driving the traffic
growth – such subscriptions used an average of 6.8 Gbytes per month, which was an increase of 42 per cent.
About "The Swedish Telecommunications Market"
The Swedish Telecommunications Market is Sweden’s most important operator survey about subscriptions, revenues and data traffic in the fields of broadband (fixed and mobile), telephony (fixed and mobile) and traditional TV services.
"The Swedish Telecommunications Market" is available in a web version on the PTS statistics portal, statistik.pts.se. Full table material, including market shares, are also published there, with search and sorting capabilities.
The missions of PTS are to follow the service development of the electronic communications market, to promote competition in this market, and to conduct informational activities directed at consumers. As a part of this assignment, PTS annually collects and publishes market data. PTS uses the data in its analysis work within the authority’s areas of responsibility.
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Karin Fransén, market analyst in the Analysis Department, tel: 073-644 57 81
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