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Swedish broadband users flock to mobile networks

For the first time, telecom operators in Sweden have generated more revenues from mobile network services than from fixed telephony, according to a report on the Swedish telecom market by the Post and Telecom Agency (PTS).

Revenues from mobile services came to 19.7 billion kronor ($3.2 billion) in 2007, nearly a 12 percent increase from 2006.

At the end of last year nearly half a million Swedes paid for mobile internet services, which amounts to an increase of about 90,000 subscriptions compared with a year earlier.

Since 2006, data traffic on Sweden’s mobile networks has increased ten-fold, according to PTS.

In total, there are nearly 2.8 million accounts for fixed telephony or mobile broadband, which represents 62 accounts per 100 households.

Broadband subscription growth was around 30 percent last year, according to PTS.

“Mobile telephony has made it common for us to be able to call whenever and almost wherever we want. 2007 was the year that broadband consumers could really start to take the mobile network into account when choosing a supplier,” wrote PTS director general Marianne Treschow in a statement.

BROADBAND

‘All of Sweden’ to get fast broadband by 2025

Sweden will be a completely online country in 2025, according to the government's new three-part broadband strategy.

'All of Sweden' to get fast broadband by 2025
Housing and Digitalisation Minister Peter Eriksson. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has also promised that over half a million more Swedes will gain access to fast broadband Internet over the next four years.
 
The plan aims specifically to provide 100 Mbps broadband by 2020, an investment the government hopes will create better living and working conditions for people all over the country.
 
“We can not continue with a strategy that leaves people out,” said digitalisation minister Peter Eriksson, according to news agency TT.
 
“I think that this is a rather important day,” Eriksson said as the government presented its new broadband strategy at Rosenbad in Stockholm.
 
According to Eriksson, three quarters of the population currently has access to fast broadband.
 
“It is unacceptable that not everyone is included,” said the minister.
 
The targets presented by the government can be separated into three steps.
 
In 2020, 95 per cent of all households will have access to broadband of at least 100 Mbps. 
 
In 2023, all of Sweden will be connected to stable mobile services of high quality. Connections will, according to the government, be good enough for users to go online entirely without limitations such as interruptions or lack of capacity. This will apply anywhere people or businesses can be found, such as in holiday homes, recreational areas, and on roads and rail routes.
 
By 2025, the whole of Sweden will have access to fast broadband.
 
“We have beaten our current targets and our new target is for all of Sweden to be connected by 2025,” said Eriksson.
 
Research has shown that, in addition to helping with everyday tasks such as using chat services, watching television and surfing the Web, the implementation of fast broadband can lead to overall savings. Municipal services will, for example, be able to save millions by replacing physical visits with video conversations.