Sweden enforces bitstream access, broadband costs set to drop

2 Feb 2007

The Swedish Supreme Administrative Court announced yesterday that it will not grant incumbent telco TeliaSonera leave to appeal a decision made by telecoms regulator PTS forcing it to provide rival DSL operators with bitstream access to its last mile network. The ruling comes almost two years since PTS first ordered TeliaSonera to include bitstream in its wholesale offering to competitors. Since then the company has appealed against the move several times, but the latest decision to uphold a previous County Court verdict means that it has run out of legal options. PTS expects TeliaSonera to begin offering the new service ‘immediately’. The regulator and the country’s alternative ISPs expect the introduction of bitstream access to result in lower retail broadband prices. Third-ranked DSL provider Glocalnet’s CEO Martin Tivéus said that broadband customers currently pay ‘hundreds of millions of kronor’ too much per year.

Sweden, Telia Company