Sweden is ahead of the European Union averages for every technology measure, except rural NGA coverage. Using our new methodology for defining rural households, Sweden is one of the few countries which now has a greater number of rural households, and its NGA networks are mostly not reaching these most rural households.
Sweden has the highest reported coverage for LTE services in the study. At the end of 2012 more than 93% of households could access LTE services, including more than 70% of rural households. The network grew considerably in 2012, reaching an extra 45% of households in the year. In fact LTE is now the most extensive service in Sweden after DSL, HSPA and satellite, which became available in Sweden during 2012.
Like other Nordic countries, Sweden has invested heavily in its FTTP networks. Sweden reports the highest FTTP coverage in all Nordic countries with nearly 50% of all households covered by this service. FTTP is the main contributor to NGA service delivery in Sweden. Docsis 3 coverage has grown within 2012, but it still only serves 35% of households. VDSL is more limited still, covering around 17% of households. Overall NGA coverage is reported at nearly 57%, and there is significant overlap between the NGA networks.
Every region in Sweden has more than 90% standard fixed broadband coverage. Stokholm has the highest NGA coverage in Sweden, and the nearby areas of Västerbottens and Örebro also have high coverage. In general it is the most nortern regions that enjoy the highest NGA coverage, and NGA services are not focused on the most urban regions.
Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.