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Sweden - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Sweden - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Effective government broadband policies during the last few years have helped Sweden develop one of the highest broadband penetration rates in Europe. DSL still dominates broadband access, though the number of subscribers is falling as customers migrate to fibre networks. 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. There is also competition from HFC infrastructure, with the main cableco Com Hem offering data rates at up to 1Gb/s on its fibre network. It is also investing in services based on the DOCSIS3.1 standard. In September 2018 the competition authorities approved the acquisition of Com Hem by Tele2, a move which will provide a strong multi-sector competitor to Telia.

Sweden's fibre sector is also among the most vibrant in the world, with the country now having one of the highest fibre-broadband densities in Europe. Further development of the fibre sector is key to the government's revised broadband strategy for 2025, which will see 98% of broadband lines able to access a 1Gb/s service.

Considerable investment in mobile networks has also made mobile broadband a fast-growing sector, with LTE-based services available in most rural areas not covered by fixed-line infrastructure, and with 5G expected to be integral to the overall broadband platform in coming years.

This report examines Sweden's fixed and wireless broadband markets, including analyses of market dynamics and the main operators, as well as subscriber forecasts.

Key developments:

Tele2 and Com Hem merger approved;
Government promotes new broadband strategy to 2025;
Legislation comes into force aimed at promoting broadband deployment through encouraging infrastructure sharing and coordination of works;
Regulator applies new tools to ease broadband market regulation;
Telia completes G.fast field trials to deliver 1Gb/s services;
Com Hem launches a 1.2Gb/s fibre service;
Telia commits to SEK5 billion investment to connect up to one million households with FttP;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2017, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telia Company, Telenor Sweden, Com Hem, PiteEnergi, BAS


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 Government support
2.3 Broadband strategy 2010
2.4 Broadband strategy 2020
2.5 Broadband strategy 2025
2.6 Regulatory measures
2.7 Competition
2.8 Municipal action
2.9 Broadband statistics
2.10 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
3.1 Com Hem
4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
4.1 Open access
4.2 ADSL2+
4.3 VDSL2+
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Regulating dark fibre
5.3 Telia
5.4 Telenor
5.5 PiteEnergi
5.6 BAS
5.7 Other developments
6. Other fixed broadband services
6.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.2 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
6.2.1 Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
6.2.2 Wi-Fi/WiMAX
6.2.3 Satellite
7. Digital media
8. Related reports
Table 1 Internet services revenue 2011 - 2017
Table 2 Broadband revenue by platform 2011 - 2017
Table 3 Low-end fixed broadband accesses by speed 2009 - 2017
Table 4 High-end fixed broadband accesses by speed 2009 - 2017
Table 5 Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by operator 2006 - 2017
Table 6 Proportion of fixed internet subscribers by access type 2000 - 2009
Table 7 Proportion of fixed/mobile internet subscribers 2000 - 2017
Table 8 Internet monthly revenue by household and subscriber - 2000 - 2016
Table 9 Growth in fixed-line broadband accesses 2001 2017
Table 10 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1996 - 2009
Table 11 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 12 Total internet subscribers (including mobile) 2000 - 2017
Table 13 Internet subscribers: PSTN, ISDN 2000 - 2017
Table 14 Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type 2004 - 2017
Table 15 Proportion of total internet subscribers by type 2000 - 2017
Table 16 Broadband penetration by technology 2006 - 2017
Table 17 Forecasts - broadband subscribers 2019; 2021; 2023
Table 18 Cable broadband subscribers 2000 - 2017
Table 19 Com Hem RGUs by type 2005 - 2018
Table 20 Com Hem group financial data 2007 - 2018
Table 21 DSL subscribers 2000 - 2017
Table 22 Telia fixed-line broadband revenue and ARPU (Sweden) 2012 - 2018
Table 23 Telia broadband subscribers (Sweden) 2005 - 2018
Table 24 Tele2 broadband financial data (Sweden) 2008 - 2018
Table 25 Tele2 broadband subscribers 2008 - 2018
Table 26 Fibre subscribers 2002 - 2017
Table 27 Telenor broadband subscribers 2004 - 2018
Table 28 3.7GHz licence results 2009
Table 29 Subscribers to bundled services, by service 2008 - 2017
Chart 1 Broadband revenue by platform 2011 2017
Chart 2 Fixed broadband market share of subscribers by operator 2006 2017
Chart 3 Proportion of fixed/mobile internet subscribers 2000 2017
Chart 4 Internet users and penetration rate 2003 - 2018
Chart 5 Fixed-line broadband subscribers by access type 2004 - 2017
Chart 6 Proportion of internet subscribers by type 2002 - 2017
Chart 7 Com Hem RGUs by type 2005 2018
Chart 8 Com Hem group financial data 2007 - 2018
Chart 9 Tele2 broadband financial data (Sweden) 2008 - 2018
Chart 10 Subscribers to bundled services, by service 2008 2017

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