|Research by Country/Region
January 20, 2018
|Sweden: Broadband Fixed Wireless Access |
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
B. DEMAND OR NEED FOR BFW SERVICES
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.
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.
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
E. INTERCONNECTION TARIFFS
There are no foreign ownership limits or restrictions
F. OTHER POLICIES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING BFW
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.
G. TO WHAT EXTENT ARE BFW SERVICES BEING OFFERED BY DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL FIRMS?
There are no other policies and regulations governing BFW.
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
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
SE-118 92 Stockholm
Interloop (license awarded on February 24, 2003)
Contact: Mr. Michael Grape
SE-164 94 Kista
Regional Licenses (Awarded on February 24, 2003)
AB Stokab (Province of Stockholm, 3.5 GHz)
Contact: Mr. Michael Buch
SE-113 86 Stcokholm
Gotlands Energi AB (Province of Gotland, 3.5 GHz and 10.5 GHz)
Contact: Kurt Lindstrom
SE-620 30 Slite
Goteborg Energi Gothnet AB (Province of Vastra Gotaland, 10.5 GHz)
Contact: Mats Devert
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
SE-831 25 Ostersund
Norrsken AB (Province of Gavleborg, 3.5 GHz)
Cotnact: Mr. Bjorn Jonsson
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
Alton Hampshire GU34 2PZ
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
This response was prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce/Commercial Service in Stockholm, Sweden, in June 2003. For further clarification please contact:
U.S. Commercial Service, Stockholm
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