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Research by Country/Region January 20, 2018  
Sweden: Broadband Fixed Wireless Access

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A. CURRENT GOVERNMENT POLICY GOVERNING ACCESS TO THE WORLDWIDE FIXED WIRELESS ACCESS BAND (3.4 TO 3.7 GHZ), LMDS (28 TO 21 GHZ), AND UNLICENSED BANDS
      In 2000, the Swedish government presented a new foundation for its IT policy through an IT bill with the overall objective that Sweden should be the first country to become an information society for all by 2005. The objective is that everyone in Sweden should have access to broadband services. However, of broadband has been slower than anticipated due to a general downturn in the IT sector. The aim is to let the market handle the expansion with support from Sweden’s 290 municipalities. In December 2001, the Swedish Post & Telecom Agency (PTS) awarded four national licenses in the 26-28 GHz band and 21 regional licenses in the 3.5-10.5 GHz band for BFW. There remain 11 regional licenses in this band to be awarded by beauty contest. By March 31, 2008, 50% of all SMEs in all municipalities in Sweden must have access to BFW. For more info, we refer to the Swedish regulator The National Post & Telecom Agency, http://www.pts.se.

B. DEMAND OR NEED FOR BFW SERVICES
      According to a report commissioned by PTS, it is estimated that the BFW market will capture 6-12 percent of the broadband market in the next five years. There is a great demand from SMEs for higher speed transmission. BFW technology could be used by enterprises (and later households) that would not have the possibility to use xDSL or fiber. There are ongoing discussions among operators regarding their margins in the ADSL market and their costs for using TeliaSonera’s/Skanova’s copper based net. In the cableTV market, there are difficulties for third parties to act while expansion of the fiber net takes time, is expensive and is focused on the metropolitan areas. BFW would be a complement these other technologies.
C. LICENSING

      A new Electronic Communications Act will be introduced in Sweden on July 25, 2003. The act is based on a general obligation to notify the authorities of the commercial supply of public communications networks and publicly available electronic communications services. The act also extends the current obligation to notify under the Telecommunications Act. This means that some Internet operators and broadcasting network suppliers will be covered by the new obligation to notify. A license shall only be required for the use or radio transmitters and numbers from a national numbering plan. More information on this, can be found on the PTS website http://www.pts.se.

D. FOREIGN OWNERSHIP LIMITS
      There are no foreign ownership limits or restrictions
E. INTERCONNECTION TARIFFS
      Under the current telecom act, interconnection fees charged by the incumbent have to be cost-based. When the new Electronic Communications Act is in force from July 25, 2003, an operator of a public communications network will have to negotiate on interconnection with an operator who supplies publicly available electronic communications services.
F. OTHER POLICIES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING BFW

      There are no other policies and regulations governing BFW.
G. TO WHAT EXTENT ARE BFW SERVICES BEING OFFERED BY DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL FIRMS?
      All license holders, except Vodafone (British), Paradigm Communication Ltd (UK) and Broadnet (U.S.), are Swedish enterprises.


H. CURRENT LIST OF BFW ACCESS PROVIDERS
      National Licenses (26 and 28 GHz)

      TeliaSonera (license awarded December 5, 2001)
      Contact: Mr. Mats Ohman
      Skanova
      SE-971 72 Lulea

      Vodafone (license awarded December 5, 2001)
      Contact: Mr. Magnus Sandqvist
      SE-371 81 Karlskrona

      Broadnet (license awarded November 7, 2002)
      Contact: Mr. Ole Jacob Moldestad
      Postboks 279 Lilleaker
      NO-0216 Oslo, Norway

      Quadracom Wireless (license awarded December 5, 2001)
      Contact: Mr. Lars Backlund
      c/o Teracom
      Box 17666
      SE-118 92 Stockholm

      Interloop (license awarded on February 24, 2003)
      Contact: Mr. Michael Grape
      Tele2
      Box 62
      SE-164 94 Kista

      Regional Licenses (Awarded on February 24, 2003)

      AB Stokab (Province of Stockholm, 3.5 GHz)
      Contact: Mr. Michael Buch
      Box 6813
      SE-113 86 Stcokholm

      Gotlands Energi AB (Province of Gotland, 3.5 GHz and 10.5 GHz)
      Contact: Kurt Lindstrom
      Storgatan 95
      SE-620 30 Slite

      Goteborg Energi Gothnet AB (Province of Vastra Gotaland, 10.5 GHz)
      Contact: Mats Devert
      Box 53
      SE-401 20 Goteborg

      HallWan AB (Province of Halland, 3.5 GHz and10.5 GHz)
      Contact: Mr. Lasse Jarvsen
      c/o Kungsbacka Kommun
      SE-434 81 Kungsbacka

      Jamtkraft AB (Province of Jamtland, 3.5 GHz)
      Contact: Ms. Ulla Moller
      Box 394
      SE-831 25 Ostersund

      Norrsken AB (Province of Gavleborg, 3.5 GHz)
      Cotnact: Mr. Bjorn Jonsson
      Box 300
      SE-821 24 Bollnas

      Paradigm Communication System (Provinces of Dalarna, Sodermanland, Uppsala, Varmland, Vastmanland and Orebro, 3.5 GHz)
      Paradigm Communication Systems (Provinces of Sodermanland, Ostergotland and Uppsala, 10.5 GHz)
      Contact: Mr. Ulf Sandberg
      Technology House
      Station Road
      Alton Hampshire GU34 2PZ
      UK

      Quadracom Wireless (Provinces of Blekinge, Jonkoping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Vasterbotten, Vasternorrland, Vastra Gotaland and Ostergotland, 3.5 GHz)
      Contact: see above

      Region Skane (Province of Skane, 3.5 GHz)
      Contact: Mr. Mikael Nilsson
      SE-291 89 Kristianstad
      Companies will start to roll out services in a limited number of places this summer. All municipalities will be able to offer BFW technology to 50% of their SMEs by March 31, 2008. All companies are in different stages of expansion and we suggest that interested U.S. exporters contact them directly for up-to-date information.

I. CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES, AND IMPORT DUTIES
RESPONSE INFORMATION

This response was prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce/Commercial Service in Stockholm, Sweden, in June 2003. For further clarification please contact:

Gunilla LaRoche
Commercial Specialist
U.S. Commercial Service, Stockholm
Gunilla LaRoche@mail.doc.gov

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