New Skanova broadband network for Vimmerby with almost 100% coverage

Press Release
Oct 14, 2004

New Skanova broadband network for Vimmerby with almost 100% coverage

The Municipality of Vimmerby and TeliaSonera Network Sales have completed the build-out of a municipality-wide broadband network. With ADSL and fibre optic technology, all towns and communities in the municipality can utilise broadband - even the most remote farm areas like Gibberyd, which served as the model for "Katthult" in Astrid Lindgren's children's book, Emil in Lönneberga.

The Municipality of Vimmerby and TeliaSonera signed an agreement for the provision of a broadband network in December 2003. On Thursday (October 14, 2004), a ceremony was held at Astrid Lindgren's World, the fairytale amusement park for children in the town of Vimmerby, where representatives of the municipality, the local business community and Telia Network Sales inaugurated the new network.

All telecom switching centres in the Municipality of Vimmerby were upgraded for ADSL, which utilises copper cable in the existing telephone network and allows a very high broadband penetration, even in rural areas. A brand-new technology has been used for the broadband build-out, in which switching centres have been upgraded that are only connected to surrounding communities via copper cable. Before, only switching centres connected with fibre optic cable could be upgraded. The network will therefore have a penetration of approximately 100 percent of the municipality, reaching basically all residents in the municipality.

"The new broadband network is naturally very positive for the development of Vimmerby and our ability to provide ADSL connections virtually anywhere in the municipality where people live or work," says Leif Larsson, chairman of the municipal executive board of Vimmerby.

Depending on their choice of broadband provider, all households and companies located nine kilometres from a telecom switching centre can get broadband speeds up to 500 Kbit/s. Those located within a link distance of 3.5 km from a switching centre connected by fibre optic cable can have broadband speeds up to 8 Mbit/s. The build-out is also prepared for future connections offering much higher speeds.

"With this technology, we can offer municipalities a fast and cost-effective broadband build-out with a very high penetration rate, even in sparsely populated areas. If Astrid Lindgren's book character Emil in Lönneberga were here with us today, he would probably be surfing on the Internet instead of carving wooden figures in his workshop," says Susanne Jacobsson, head of TeliaSonera Network Sales.

During the past year TeliaSonera has signed agreements to provide broadband networks to more than 75 municipalities and most counties in Sweden.

For further information journalists can contact:
TeliaSonera's Press Office, phone +46 8 713 58 30

TeliaSonera is the leading telecommunications company in the Nordic and Baltic regions. At the end of December 2003 TeliaSonera had 11,957,000 mobile customers (37,610,000 incl associated companies) and 8,061,000 fixed customers (9,160,000 incl associated companies) and 1,631,000 internet customers (1,691,000 incl associated companies). Outside the home markets TeliaSonera has extensive interests in the growth markets in Russia, Turkey and Eurasia. TeliaSonera is listed on the Stockholm Exchange and the Helsinki Exchanges. Pro forma net sales January-December 2003 amounted to SEK 81.7 billion (EUR 9.01 billion). The number of employees was 26,694
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