Skanova provides broadband network for all of Örebro County

Skanova provides broadband network for all of Örebro County

In Sweden, all municipalities in Örebro Country have signed a joint
agreement with Skanova for the build-out of a countywide broadband
network. Approximately 90 percent of the households and enterprises in
the majority of the 12 municipalities will gain access to broadband
already this year. Örebro County has a population of approximately
274,000 and close to 9,000 companies.

In accordance with the agreement, the 12 municipalities in the county -
Hällefors, Ljusnarsberg, Lindesberg, Nora, Örebro, Kumla, Hallsberg,
Askersund, Laxå, Lekeberg, Degerfors and Karlskoga - will be linked in a
fibre-optic network with a very high transmission capacity.

Small communities and towns in rural areas in ten of the municipalities
will also be linked in a network (with the exception of Örebro and
Kumla, which decided earlier to build their own networks between
communities in their respective municipalities).

This model for a broadband network, a combination of radio links and
ADSL technology utilising the existing telephone network, provides very
high coverage of virtually all areas of Örebro County.

"During the negotiation and procurement process it was clear that
Skanova's proposal was the most attractive in terms of performance and
cost. With this agreement, it is a major strength for us to get a
communications solution with prices that are completely independent of
distance between different parts of the county, with the same high
capacity in rural areas as in central locations," says Bengt Larsson,
broadband co-ordinator for the Örebro County Administrative Council.

When the network is completely installed, households and companies in
the county will be free to choose one of the ADSL providers that utilise
Skanova's network to provide broadband service. Everyone located within
a distance of 5.5 kilometres from a telecom switch upgraded for ADSL
capacity will be able to utilise the service. Today, they can choose
different kinds of subscriptions with speeds between 0.25 Mbit/s and 2.0
Mbit/s to best suit different types of needs.

"We're very pleased that the municipalities of Örebro County are going
on the offence and making such an investment in broadband, and have
entrusted Skanova as the provider of their network. We know from
experience that our solution is often the most cost-effective,
especially because of our solid expertise in ADSL technology," comments,
Susanne Jacobsson, head of Skanova.

Örebro County is the second county in Sweden, after Kalmar in Småland,
to have so far signed agreements with Skanova for a countywide network.
A number of municipalities and regions in Sweden, from Norrbotten in the
far north, to Skåne in the southwest, have entered into similar
agreements last winter and this spring. Two weeks ago, for example, Osby
became the first municipality in Skåne to sign an agreement for the
build-out of a broadband network.

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

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