Skanova broadband for North Bohus County in Sweden

The majority of the residents in the municipalities of Strömstad, Tanum, Sotenäs, Munkedal and Lysekil on the west coast of Sweden will soon have access to broadband. On March 16, these municipalities signed an agreement with the broadband provider Skanova for the build-out of a network with a penetration of almost 98 percent in North Bohus County.
The network will have broadband connections with speeds up to 8 Mbit/s. The build-out will be finished by the summer of 2005 at the latest.
Telecom switching centres in all towns and communities in North Bohus County will be upgraded for ADSL, which utilises the existing telephone network and enables very high penetration of the municipalities. All 92 switching centres in the municipalities will have ADSL capacity when the broadband network is built out. Close to 98 percent of the residents will have access to the network, and they can freely choose between 12 ADSL broadband providers.
The switching centres are connected by a new fibre optic network with a transmission capacity of 1 Gbit/s. The network will also be connected to the "Bohus Ring", which links the five principal towns in the municipalities and to Sweden's national broadband network.
"The broadband network will be very beneficial to companies and especially to the local tourist industry, since the Internet is an important tool for marketing the municipalities. The network will also create new opportunities for residents when it comes to distance learning, for example. The broadband network will also facilitate communications between the service units and operations of the municipalities, which are spread over different areas," says Ingmar Thoresson, IT manager for the Municipality of Tanum.
Depending on their choice of provider, all end customers located within a distance of 3.5 km from an upgraded switching centre will have broadband with speeds up to 8 Mbit/s. Households located within a 5.5 km distance from an upgraded switch will have speeds up to 0.5 Mbit/s.
For detailed maps of the build-out and network penetration in the county, go to: www.teliasonera.se.
"ADSL technology offers many advantages. By combining the existing telephone network and the newly built fibre optic network, we can offer fast and cost-effective connectivity with a high penetration rate also in areas located far from densely populated areas," says Susanne Jacobsson, head of TeliaSonera Network Sales.
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 Tjörn and Orust in Bohus County on the west coast, Härryda and Lerum in Västergötland (west Sweden), Norrköping, Söderköping and Valdemarsvik in Östergötland (south central Sweden) and Örebro and Kalmar counties in the southeast.
Charlotte Löfgren, Press Officer, +46 8 713 58 30
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