Skanova to provide municipal-wide broadband network for Uppsala and Knivsta

This autumn the majority of the residents living in the Swedish municipalities of Uppsala and Knivsta will gain access to broadband. A new broadband network will cover approximately 94 percent of the population in the Municipality of Uppsala and 92 percent of the people living in the Municipality of Knivsta. The network will have transmission speeds up to 8 Mbit/s and the build-out will be finished during the last quarter of 2004.
A fibre-optic network with high transmission speeds will connect 41 communities in the municipalities. In addition, 44 telecom exchanges will be upgraded for ADSL capacity, which utilizes the existing telephone network and enables a very high network penetration rate in the area.
All households and companies located within a cable distance of 5.5 km from an upgraded exchange can get broadband with speeds up to 0.5 Mbit/s. Those located within 3.5 km of an exchange can have broadband with speeds up to 8.0 Mbit/s, depending on the operator. Private consumers and companies can freely choose among 12 ADSL operators that use Skanova's network.
For the Municipality of Uppsala, TeliaSonera is also supplying an internal communications network for municipal operations, such as administration and education. The network will connect approximately 100 workplaces located outside the densely populated area of Uppsala. The Municipality of Knivsta and the County Council have options to build a similar network.
"It's important that we can offer municipal residents modern technology for information and communications. This makes our municipality more attractive, especially for setting up businesses and telecommuting," says Lena Hartwig, chairperson of the Uppsala Municipal Executive Board.
"The broadband build-out has been an important issue for our municipality and we're pleased that such a high percentage of the local population will have access to the network. Broadband will stimulate growth of the local business community, and giving companies access to high transmission speeds is central to this," says Göran Nilsson, commissioner for the Municipality of Knivsta.
During the past year 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 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.
"By combining existing infrastructure with newly built fibre optic networks and ADSL nodes, we can offer a high network penetration rate and short delivery times. The agreement with Uppsala and Knivsta is good proof that our offering is very advantageous and beneficial to municipalities and counties in Sweden, in both major population centres and sparsely populated areas," says Susanne Jacobsson, head of TeliaSonera Network Sales.
TeliaSonera's Press Service, Charlotte Löfgren
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