Sweden - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Sweden has one of the most developed markets for LTE services, while the incumbent provider Telia is preparing to launch 5G services during 2018, which would be one of the first such services globally.
A significant proportion of mobile subscribers now make use of LTE services, which for many customers provide a viable alternative to fixed-line broadband. The market has been enervated by greater consumer take-up for mobile data services as competition has forced down prices. With the closing down of the analogue network, spectrum in the 450MHz and 900MHz bands has been put to digital use to provide a national mobile broadband service. Spectrum in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands is also providing MNOs with additional capabilities for their LTE networks.
Operators are in great need of additional spectrum, which was to be addressed by the release of frequencies in the 700MHz band by the end of 2016. However, the regulator's plan to auction this spectrum was abandoned following the government's decision that the spectrum would be used by broadcasters through to May 2018.
Regulator abandons 700MHz spectrum auction, identifies 3.5GH band as suitable for 5G services; H3 secures remaining block of spectrum in the 1800MHz band; Tele2 secures additional loan to expand LTE infrastructure; Net4Mobililty network to provide 90% geographic coverage by end-2016; Telenor launches tri-band LTE to provide data at up to 450Mb/s; Telia signs up for Ericsson M2M platform; Net 1 upgrades network with CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev B technology in the 450MHz band; H3 launches LTE TDD/FDD dual-mode network; MNOs launch mobile wallet service JV; regulator assigns additional 1800MHz spectrum with generous terms; report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2015, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.