The land of Ericsson, Volvo and Kurt Wallander has a new feather in its cap — it is now the country where 99.6 percent of the country’s population has access to 3G wireless broadband coverage, according to a report by the Swedish Post & Telecom Agency (PTS.) Sweden, like many of its Scandinavian peers, was quite aggressive in embracing 3G wireless technologies and rolling out 3G networks (The ITU has a nice overview study of the state of 3G in Sweden.)
Sweden is now on its way to deploying 4G wireless broadband (LTE) in the 800 MHz band and the telecom operators are being aggressive (at the behest of the regulator) about the roll out of these new technologies, the report said.Sweden isn’t just crazy for wireless, it also wants to get 90 percent of its households and business owners 100 Mbps or higher speeds via their fixed line connections by 2020.
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