Sweden tops broadband quality survey

Sweden has the highest quality broadband in Europe, and the third best in the world, according to a new study.

Sweden tops broadband quality survey

According to the Broadband Quality Study, carried out jointly by Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and network equipment supplier Cisco, Sweden has done the best job at closing the “quality gap” between service offered to residents in cities and those living in rural areas.

Sweden’s Broadband Quality Score (BQS) of 57 puts it at the top of Europe, and in third place globally behind South Korea and Japan.

The survey’s rankings are based on broadband penetration as well as overall quality based on upload and download speeds, as well as a factor known as “latency” which measures the time it takes for a packet of data to travel from source to destination.

Although Sweden’s broadband penetration rate of 69 percent is higher than Japan’s 64 percent, the Asian country comes out ahead of Sweden in the overall quality rankings because the country touts a higher speed broadband than Sweden.

Nevertheless, Sweden’s BQS ranking has risen significantly in the past year, jumping up 38 percent since the 2008 survey.

The survey also ranks broadband quality in more than 150 cities around the globe, with three Swedish cities ranking in the top 20.

According to the rankings, Malmö has the 7th best broadband service in the world, with Uppsala coming in 9th place, and Stockholm reaching 15th place.

The results of the survey are based on 24 million records from actual broadband speed tests conducted by users around the world in May 2008 and from May to July 2009.

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‘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.