Sweden - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews
Sweden's telecom market has one of the most mature mobile and broadband sectors in Europe, with one of the best developed LTE infrastructures in the region and a high penetration of fibre broadband services. The country was also the first in Europe to complete the switch to digital TV broadcasting. The mobile sector has seen innovative spectrum use, with extensive network upgrades providing a significant proportion of subscribers with fast mobile broadband services. This report introduces the key aspects of the Swedish telecom market, providing data on fixed network services and profiling the main players. It also assesses the functional separation of the incumbent TeliaSonera and reviews the sale of Tele2's domestic broadband and cable TV businesses to Telenor. In addition, the report overviews the key regulatory issues, including interconnection, local loop unbundling, number portability, carrier preselection and NGN open access.
Telecom revenue grew 3% in H1 2013; TeliaSonera obliged to offer unbundled access to dark fibre local access networks, commits to SEK8 billion FttP investment in Nordic and Baltic markets; a third of households dispense with fixed-line telephony; government's bid to sell stake in TeliaSonera defeated in Parliament; regulator's market data to June 2013; telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2013; market developments to end-2013.