TeliaSonera Sweden (Telia) announced on its website on 1 September that it has passed the milestone of one million residential fixed broadband customers. The telco earlier reported that it reached a total of 1.230 million fixed broadband lines at end-June 2014 (up from 1.188 million a year earlier), including retail residential, business and wholesale (including bitstream). TeleGeography estimated that Telia’s June total included 53,000 wholesale lines, while the broadband figure excludes fully unbundled local loop lines estimated at 374,000 at that date (down from 432,000 a year earlier). The latest announcement puts the number of Telia’s business broadband customers at roughly 200,000.
Telia added that its broadband growth is being firmly driven by fibre services, replacing DSL. Telia reported at end-June 2014 that the number of households in Sweden connected to its direct fibre network reached 685,000, representing roughly 15% of homes in the country. TeleGeography notes that Telia reported a total of nearly a quarter of a million active fibre subscriptions at the end of 2012, and in the first quarter of 2014 it disclosed that the ratio of active subscriptions in relation to fibre connected homes was improving; the research company estimates that the telco’s active fibre base was approaching 400,000 at mid-2014.