Skanova network puts Osby in the lead in Skåne

Today (Dec. 2) marks the completion of the final phase of the broadband network build-out in the Municipality of Osby, in the southwestern Swedish County of Skåne. Osby is one of the first municipalities in Skåne to have its own municipality-wide broadband network. The agreement to build the network was signed in May this year and most residents in the municipality can surf at speeds up to 2 Mbit/second already today. As of February next year, a number of end customers will also have access to transmission speeds as high as 8 Mbit/second.
In contrast to other municipalities in Skåne, Osby chose the Skanova alternative when it negotiated the purchase of a broadband network earlier this year.
"With Skanova's approach we could build out the broadband network faster and with much better penetration of sparsely populated areas. Unlike other municipalities in the county, we couldn't wait two years to get broadband, and in contrast to them, we are already connected today. We hope the network will allow more people to telecommute from home and make Osby a more attractive alternative for new companies to set up business in our area. We also hope that Osby can benefit from the current interest that people seem to have to move to the outskirts of large population centres. By having a clear broadband network offering, Osby will become an attractive place for people to move to," says Erland Nilsson, chairman of the Osby municipal executive board.
In the Municipality of Osby, a high percentage of households (85%) and companies (89%) have access to the broadband network. The network is operator-independent, meaning that consumers are free to choose between seven different ADSL broadband service providers. Enterprises can choose between eight different ADSL operators.
The chief town of Osby and the communities of Hökön, Lönsboda, Visseltofta, Esseboda and Killeberg have been connected by a fibre network with an ethernet capacity of 1 Gbit/s. In each community, the telecom exchanges have been upgraded to ADSL capacity, allowing use of copper cables in the existing telecom network to gain access to broadband.
All households and companies located within a distance of 5.5 km from an exchange can use the service. As of February 1, 2004, the network - depending on the ADSL provider - will also have a capacity for up to 8 Mbit/second for end customers located within 3.5 km of a telecom exchange.

"One of the main reasons that so many municipalities and counties in Sweden have chosen Skanova for their broadband build-out is the fact that we - with ADSL technology - can reach such a large percentage of the residents in the municipalities, as well as people living in rural areas. This capability, combined with a fast and effective build-out rate, makes our offer very attractive," says Susanne Jacobsson, head of TeliaSonera Network Sales.
In 2003, Skanova networks have been delivered to a large number of municipalities and counties in Sweden that have long distances between large central towns and sparsely populated rural communities. These include Överkalix and Kalix in Norrbotten in the north of Sweden; Härnösand, Örnsköldsvik, Sollefteå and Kramfors in the northeastern county of Ångermanland; Stenungsund, Tjörn and Orust in Bohus County on the west coast; Norrköping, Valdemarsvik and Söderköping in the south central County of Östergötland, and Örebro and Kalmar counties in the southeast.
Charlotte Löfgren, Press Secretary, TeliaSonera Networks & Production, phone +46 70-562 00 74.
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