The Swedish Broadband Forum

The Swedish Broadband Forum is an important meeting place, an arena for dialogue and collaboration between the Government, public authorities and organisations, business and undertakings that operate in the Swedish broadband market.

Set up in 2010, the Swedish Broadband Forum is part of the government´s broadband strategy to promote deployment of broadband throughout Sweden. The work is characterised by consensus seeking solutions and mutual beneficial discussions.

The overall objective of the Swedish Broadband Strategy is that Sweden will have world-class broadband, which means that, in the short term, 95 per cent of all households and businesses should have access to broadband at a rate of at least 100 Mbps by 2020. In the long term, the government has created goals in two areas; access to high-speed broadband in all of Sweden and access to reliable and high-quality mobile services. The objective of these goals is that 98 percent of the population should have access to broadband at a minimum capacity of 1 Gbps home, as well as in the workplace, the remaining 1,9 percent at a minimum capacity of 100 Mbps, and 0,1 percent at a minimum capacity of 30 Mbps, no later than the year 2025. The goals also include everyone’s access to reliable and high-quality mobile services, where they usually are found, no later than the year 2023.

The Broadband Forum has a steering board headed by the minister of ICT. All members in the steering board are appointed by the government. To keep a clear focus the steering board identifies prioritised operational or other material issue and set up working groups. Each working group will focus on one particular and work within a specific time frame.

There is also an administrative office at the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) that supports the work of the Broadband Council.

The Broadband Council Administrative Office is an autonomous unit placed structurally under the Director-General of PTS. The Administrative Office reports to the Government Offices of Sweden (the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications) regards substantive issues, results and budget.

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