Sweden (country regulation overview)

Date: November 23, 2010
Pages: 22
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During 2009, Sweden saw revenue growth in mobile and data services, while fixed service revenues declined. The country has one of Europe’s most advanced broadband markets with among the highest penetration rates and connection speeds. In order to tackle the increasing demand for mobile data and mobile broadband as well as higher fixed broadband capacity, the Post-och Telestyrelsen (PTS), the national regulator, has taken a number of recent measures to free up spectrum and stimulate competition in broadband access.

In 2009, the PTS completed allocation of additional spectrum in the 3.7GHz band and plans to allocate 800MHZ spectrum in 2011. It has also launched consulting on awarding licenses in the 10.5GHz, 2,010MHz, and 3.5GHz spectrum bands. All the licenses to be awarded are expected to be technology-neutral, which will enable the operators to choose the most cost-efficient technology and will allow them to launch services with a shorter time to market. This can help the operators to cut down the costs which could be translated into lower prices for the end user.

In addition to its focus on the mobile data market, the PTS made some key decisions in 2009 to develop fixed-line wholesale broadband markets in Sweden. It has finalized the markets for local loop unbundling and wholesale broadband access services and obligated the SMP-designated operator, TeliaSonera, to provide access to cable ducts and optical fiber, and also offer broadband services over fiber and cable-TV networks to alternative operators. This should help in encouraging healthy competition in these markets.

In 2010, the PTS launched a consultation with the operators on revising the hybrid LRIC model, based on which the fixed and mobile interconnection rates and wholesale access rates are determined. As a result the interconnection and LLU rates are expected to decrease, which might further pull down the retail fixed, mobile, and broadband tariffs which are already among the lowest in Europe.
Ovum view
Fixed market overview
Multi-play: dual, triple, and quadruple players
Mobile market overview
National regulatory authority
Role of the national competition authority
Key legislation and regulation
Principal Act
Current status of market analysis
Mobile licensing
2G licensing
3G licensing
Allocation of frequencies in the 3.7GHz band
Allocation of frequencies in 2.6GHz band
Allocation of frequencies in the 28GHz band
New allocation of mobile radio frequencies
Retail regulation
Access to the fixed telephone network
Minimum set of leased lines
Wholesale fixed regulation
Services subject to regulation
Number portability
Interconnect services and charges
Basis for setting charges
Procedure for setting and reviewing charges
Format of charges
Wholesale access
Wholesale line rental
Local loop unbundling
Leasing of dark fiber
Wholesale broadband services
Functional separation
Fiber deployment
Wholesale mobile regulation
Services subject to regulation
Mobile termination charges
Mobile number portability
Competition cases
Konkurrensverket investigates 3G/4G ‘cartel’ allegations
Universal service
Universal service obligation
Universal service funding
The EC’s market definitions


Table 1: Sweden: mobile market information
Table 2: Sweden: 2.6GHz band allocation
Table 3: Fixed sector: services subject to regulation
Table 4: Mobile sector: services subject to regulation
Table 5: The EC’s definition of relevant markets and SMP designation


Figure 1: Fixed-line subscribers in Sweden: 2005–09
Figure 2: Internet subscribers in Sweden: 2005–09
Figure 3: Mobile subscribers in Sweden: 2005–09
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