Skanova broadband for Municipality of Herrljunga by year-end

Herrljunga has become the thirteenth municipality in the western Swedish county of Västra Götaland to choose TeliaSonera to build a municipality-wide broadband network. The network will basically give all residents access to broadband. Approximately 60 percent of the households in the municipality will have speeds up to 8 Mbit/s. The build-out will be finished by year-end at the latest, although most of the network is expected to be ready in November.
Telecom switching centres in the Municipality of Herrljunga will be upgraded for ADSL, which utilises copper cable in the existing telephone network and allows a very high broadband penetration, even in rural areas. After the build-out, all switching centres will have capacity for broadband. In most areas of the municipality, a network will be built to link towns and communities by using fibre optic cable or radio links with a very high transmission capacity to connect the switching centres.
"With this relatively small investment, we can connect almost the entire municipality before the end of the year. This means that 95-100 percent of the residents in our municipality will be able to enjoy the benefits of broadband," says Margaretha Yngvesson, chairman of the municipal executive board for the Municipality of Herrljunga.
Users are free to choose one of the 12 operators that will provide broadband services to consumers and companies through the network. Depending on their choice of broadband provider, all households and companies located within a link distance of 3.5 km from an upgraded telecom switching centre can have broadband with speeds up to 8 Mbit/s. Those located with nine kilometres from a centre can get up to 500 kbit/s. The build-out is also prepared for future connections offering much higher speeds.
"With ADSL technology we can offer the Municipality of Herrljunga a fast and cost-effective build-out. It will also be possible to provide broadband services to sparsely populated areas of the municipality, which would have not been commercially viable to connect with another type of technology," says Susanne Jacobsson, head of TeliaSonera Network Sales.
During the past year TeliaSonera has signed agreements to provide broadband networks to a large number of municipalities and counties in Sweden.
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