Sweden - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Sweden has a mature mobile market with a high proportion of subscribers on LTE networks. 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 make use of mobile broadband as a viable alternative to fixed-line broadband services. 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 900MHz bands has been put to use for mobile services, while spectrum in the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands is also providing MNOs with additional capabilities for their LTE networks. Additional spectrum, particularly in the 450MHz and 700MHz bands, is to be made available during 2018. The government and regulator are working on strategies to improve broadband services nationally by 2025, and these are largely focussed on the provision of upgraded LTE and 5G technologies.
Hi3G contracts Ericsson to upgrade network and prepare for 5G; regulator sets February 2018 date for a 450MHz spectrum auction, identifies 3.5GH band as suitable for 5G services; Telia expected to commercialise 5G services in 2018; AINMT rebrands as Ice Group; Hi3G secures remaining block of spectrum in the 1800MHz band; regulator proposes releasing up to 1.2GHz of spectrum for 5G trial licenses; Telenor launches tri-band LTE to provide data at up to 450Mb/s; Telia trials LTE providing up to 757Mb/s; Telia signs up for Ericsson M2M platform; MNOs launch mobile wallet service joint venture; report update includes the regulator's market data to December 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q2 2017, recent market developments.