NOVEMBER 19, 2007 -- TeliaSonera Sweden (search for TeliaSonera) has signed a Letter of Intent with Ã�rebro County to make the region one of the densest in Europe in terms of fiber-optic-based network services.
Today, Erik Hallberg, head of TeliaSonera's broadband operations in Sweden, and Ã�rebro County Governor SÃ¶ren Gunnarsson, both signed the Letter of Intent in which households and companies in towns with more than 200 residents in the county will have the option to connect to the Internet over a super-fast fiber-optic network. The first community will be the town of Grythyttan in the Municipality of HÃ¤llefors.
The new fiber-optic network will enable very high transmission speeds, with Telia expecting to offer up to 100 Mbits/sec in the near future. The network's high transmission speeds open the door for providing bandwidth-intensive services, such as HDTV, multiple TV services, online gaming, and CAD/CAM applications, say Telia representatives.
Grythyttan will be the first town to have access to the fiber-optic network; customers will receive an offer to connect to the network in the beginning of December. The price will be SEK 4,000 per property, and the offer is valid until the end of March 2008. Customers who order a connection in December will receive broadband service by the end of February 2008.
"In the beginning, we will also offer customers in Grythyttan a very advantageous package of triple-play services with broadband speeds up 10 Mbits/sec, 11 digital television channels, video rentals over the network, and telephony for SEK 224 per month," reports Hallberg.
The intention is to give all towns and communities with more than 200 residents the opportunity to connect to the fiber-optic network. Households and companies in more than 60 locations will be offered super-fast broadband.
"It's all about furthering growth and development outside city areas," explains Gunnarsson. "The new network will make living in our county even more attractive, but it will also give regional companies a new competitive edge, which is completely in line with the other advantages that our county offers, such as good transportation and an attractive geographic location. But the new potential of the network also opens up major opportunities for establishing new business ideas and new companies throughout the region."
TeliaSonera says one reason why it decided to offer super-fast broadband services in Ã�rebro County is the county's existing network infrastructure, which has been partly built with broadband funding from the Swedish government. Since fiber-optic lines have been laid to all telecom exchanges in the country, the distance between customers is short.
Grythyttan, in the Municipality of HÃ¤llefors, will be the first densely populated area in the county where all households and companies will receive an offer to connect to the fiber-optic network and subscribe to a package of services. The town of Grythyttan has multi-family housing, single-family housing, small businesses, and university educational programmes at the MÃ¥ltidens Hus pavilion.