Sweden is ahead of the European average on all the technology combination measures, but perhaps not by so much as might be expected given its reputation for leading edge innovation, particularly in telecommunications. Its greatest strength is in mobile broadband. Sweden is third among the study countries for total HSPA coverage (99.6%) and fourth for rural HSPA coverage (98.8%). But it is not in the first ten for any of the combination measures and it is only just above average for Total NGA coverage.
This is despite having made an early start on building FTTP networks. FTTP is now the biggest contributor to NGA in Sweden, covering almost 35% of the population. The cable networks offer Docsis 3 to a more modest 26%. VDSL is more limited still, covering only 10%. Currently at least, the incumbent is offering VDSL only where it can be provisioned direct from the exchange. The mix is evidently not strong enough to give Sweden the leadership position which would be expected.
On the other hand, Sweden has made a major feature of LTE, which already covers 48% of the population, making it second among the study countries in deploying the technology. LTE coverage in rural areas is also second highest among the study countries at 14%.
In fact LTE is already the most widespread technology in rural Sweden after the basic mainstays, DSL and HSPA. (Sweden is one of the countries where KA-band satellite is not available.) VDSL, FTTP and a little Docsis 3 make up the NGA coverage. Standard coverage is good, well above the averages, especially considering how thinly Sweden’s rural population is spread. But WiMAX is not available.
Sweden does not claim 100% standard broadband coverage anywhere, but Stockholm and the whole south of the country, plus the Baltic islands, all have at least 95% and mostly 98% or more. Perhaps unexpectedly, the most northern part of the country also has 98% coverage despite its low population density. The reason is, of course, that most of the people who do live there, live in the towns and compact settlements. Even in its emptiest part, coverage in Sweden goes no lower than 89%.
The picture with NGA is more differentiated. Here Stockholm has a strong advantage with 80% coverage. The next highest is at 57%, but the group between 57% and 35% does include all the more northern provinces as well as the more urbanised central belt. Areas in the south and the Baltic islands make up most of the eight areas with under 35% coverage. The lowest is Kalmar province on the south-eastern corner of Sweden with 21%.
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 email@example.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.
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Coverage by technology
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