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, businesses and operators in the Swedish broadband market.
Organized 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 seeking solutions through mutually beneficial projects and discussions.
The overall objective of the Swedish Broadband Strategy (PDF) is that Sweden should 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 digital development. All members in the steering board are appointed by the government. To keep a clear focus the steering board identifies prioritised issues and initiates working groups. Each working group focuses on one particular area within a specific time frame.
To run the day-to-day activities in the Swedish Broadband Forum an administrative office is stationed at the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). The administrative office is an autonomous unit placed structurally under the Director-General of PTS. The Administrative Office reports to the the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation.