Telecommunication in Sweden

The development of telecommunications in Sweden is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +46, there were a total of 14.60 million connections in 2019. Among them were 12.68 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.2 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections Sweden is very well in the race. Around 94% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 39% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 5.98 million webhosts, Sweden is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 165.45 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Sweden ranked 14th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 128.95 Mbit/second (11th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Sweden comes 21st with a download speed of 63.56 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 15 Mbit was enough for 43rd place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Sweden from 1990 - 2019




Broadband internet in Sweden 2000 - 2019




Landlines 1990 - 2019




Mobile phones 1990 - 2019




Spreading in 2019Sweden
Total
Sweden
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Broadband users3.99 m38.84 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines1.92 m18.72 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars12.68 m123.27 %547.36 m122.31 %