New 9km range extends broadband to record number of Swedish households

Now even more households and companies can get broadband service in Sweden from their operators. This is because Skanova Broadband will be able to connect households up to 9 km from a switching station as of May 2004. Eighty-three percent of the companies and households in Sweden will be able to have broadband connectivity, and almost 100 percent of the people residing in municipalities that have chosen TeliaSonera's municipal core network solution.
Skanova Broadband offers ADSL service that is utilized by 13 different broadband providers in Sweden. With Skanova Broadband, TeliaSonera offers connectivity that is fast and cost-effective, even in the very rural areas of Sweden.
Up to now it has only been possible to provide broadband services to households located within a cable distance of 5.5 km from a switching centre with ADSL capacity. However, as of May 2004, virtually all Swedish households located within a distance of 9 km from ADSL-upgraded switches will be able to have broadband.
"With the new extended 9 km distance for ADSL, we are quickly approaching what we could almost call 'utopia' - broadband for everyone. The technology is cost-effective and enables fast connection of a maximum number of households in municipalities and counties around Sweden," says Susanne Jacobsson, head of TeliaSonera Network Sales.
Today, 1,800 switching centres have been upgraded for ADSL capacity all over Sweden, giving approximately 77 percent of the country's households the possibility to order ADSL broadband service. With the new 9 km link distance, about 83 percent will be able to connect.
During the past year the TeliaSonera Group has provided Skanova Broadband for municipal core networks in a large number of municipalities and counties in Sweden that have long distances between large central towns and sparsely populated rural communities. These include Kalmar and Örebro counties in the southeast, Norrköping, Söderköping and Valdemarsvik and Söderköping in the south central County of Östergötland, and Överkalix and Kalix in Norrbotten in the north of Sweden.
Charlotte Löfgren, Press Officer TeliaSonera Sweden Network & Production + 46 8 713 58 30
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