Sweden enjoys one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Europe, the result of effective government broadband policies and a population quick to adopt emerging technologies. DSL dominates broadband access, though the number of subscribers is falling as customers migrate to fibre networks as these are built out. Some resilience in the DSL sector is shown by operators investing in VDSL upgrades, though this is a short-term measure on the path to FttP. Sweden's fibre sector is among the most vibrant in the world, with the country now having one of the highest fibre-broadband densities in Europe. Considerable investment in mobile networks has also made mobile broadband a fast-growing area, while the country is at the global forefront in developing mobile broadband based on LTE technology. This report examines Sweden's fixed and wireless broadband markets, including statistical broadband forecasts to 2020.
EC approves government's rural broadband investment program to 2020; regulator applies new tools to ease broadband market regulation; TeliaSonera completes G.fast field trials to deliver 1Gb/s services over short-distance copper; Com Hem launches a 500Mb/s cable service and a 1Gb/s fibre service; TeliaSonera commits to SEK5 billion investment to connect up to one million households with FttP; TeliaSonera invests SEK500 million upgrading 800,000 connections with VDSL2; 100Mb/s broadband connectivity available to more than half of all premises; regulator's market data to June 2014; telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.