Skanova broadband network for Västmanland County this summer

Skanova broadband network for Västmanland County this summer

The majority of the residents in Västmanland County in central Sweden
will have access to broadband this coming summer. The Association of
Local Authorities (Kommunförbundet) in Västmanland and ten of the
county's municipalities have signed an agreement with Skanova for
expanding the broadband network in Västmanland. Approximately 98 percent
of the residents in the county's municipalities will have access to the
network, which will be built out and ready for service by July 2004 at
the latest.

According to the terms of the agreement, the municipalities of Arboga,
Fagersta, Hallstahammar, Kungsör, Köping, Norberg, Sala, Skinnskatteberg
and Surahammar will be connected by a fibre-optic network with a very
high transmission capacity. The municipality of Heby signed an agreement
for the provision of a Skanova network at an earlier date. Heby's
network, as well as the municipality of Västerås, will be incorporated
in the core network connecting the municipalities.

Telecom exchanges in most of the county's towns and communities will be
upgraded for ADSL capacity, allowing use of the existing telephone
network and enabling a very high broadband penetration rate. A total of
95 exchanges will be upgraded in Västmanland County.

When the network is completed, households and companies will be free to
choose between ten operators that will use Skanova's network to provide
broadband service. All households located within a cable distance of 5.5
km from an upgraded exchange can have access to broadband with speeds up
to 2 Mbit/s.

"The entire county of Västmanland will have a very powerful IT
infrastructure that will be accessible to virtually all our residents.
This will benefit both enterprises and consumers in the county,
especially those operating or living in small communities or in rural
areas," says Åke Jansson, a director at the Local Association of
Authorities in Västmanland.

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;
Stenungsund, Tjörn and Orust in Bohus County on the west coast, and
Örebro and Kalmar counties in the southeast.

For further information journalists can contact:
Charlotte Löfgren, Press Secretary, TeliaSonera Networks & Production,
phone +46 70 562 00 74.

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