Skanova ADSL broadband in Norrköping, Söderköping and Valdemarsvik

Skanova ADSL broadband in Norrköping, Söderköping and Valdemarsvik

More than 80 percent of the households and enterprises in 35 locations
in the Swedish municipalities of Norrköping, Söderköping and
Valdemarsvik will have access to ADSL broadband service by the end of
2003.

Using a fibre optic network and radio links in combination with ADSL up
to the user, people living in the city of Norrköping, as well as the
residents of the smallest communities in Vikbolandet and the Gryt
archipelago, will have the opportunity to participate in the broadband
initiative.

"Good IT infrastructure is a requirement for growth and development.
Communications is important for a modern society. This initiative
represents another important step to improve municipal service to the
community and to provide better information about municipal services,"
says Mattias Ottosson, chairman of the Norrköping municipal
board/commissioner of Norrköping's local government.

Through the agreement with Skanova, the municipalities of Söderköping
and Valdemarsvik, which are much smaller than Norrköping, will have a
cost-effective solution in which households and companies - even those
outside central locations - will gain access to flexible broadband
services.

Customers will be able to sign agreements for speeds from 0.25 Mbit/s up
to 2 Mbit/s and are completely free to choose any of the 12 operators
that are currently providing service through Skanova's ADSL network.

"This agreement clearly indicates that we are the right supplier for
both large cities and small municipalities. The fact that a large city
like Norrköping and two small municipalities can choose the same
solution, which reaches such a large number of households and companies,
shows that ADSL has major advantages over other technologies, " says
Susanne Jacobsson, head of Skanova.

The build-out of the network is to be finished by December 31, 2003 at
the latest, provided that the county administrative board approves the
proposed rollout, giving the municipalities the right to apply for a
government grant for the investment. The possibility to receive
government funding for ADSL has given Swedish municipalities completely
different financial possibilities to provide broadband service to a much
larger percentage of their residents.

"In Valdemarsvik we hope the build-out will have a positive impact and
get both people and companies to move to rural areas or the archipelago
and set up businesses," comments Torvald Karlsson, chairman of the
municipal board in Valdemarsvik.

The local government commissioner in Söderköping, Barbro Tjernström,
says they chose Skanova for several different and important reasons:
"When you review different proposals, it is extremely important to have
confidence in the supplier. You have to feel that the project will be
delivered within the promised timeframe. Skanova's ADSL solution was the
best for a municipality like ours, which has half of its population in
the town of Söderköping, and the rest in the countryside and
archipelago," she says.

After the broadband build-out is finished, the following percentages of
households and companies in the three municipalities can sign an
agreement for broadband service: Valdemarsvik and Söderköping: 80
percent, Norrköping: 93 percent

During 2003 Skanova has signed agreements for similar solutions with the
province of Östergötland, with the municipalities of Boden, Överkalix
and Kalix in Norrbotten in the north of Sweden, with the municipalities
of Stenungsund, Tjörn and Orust in Bohuslän on the west coast, and with
Kalmar County in the south east of Sweden.

For further information journalists can contact:
Charlotte Löfgren, Press Secretary, TeliaSonera Networks & Production,
+46 8 713 58 30.

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