Sweden to offer SEK1.4bn for rural broadband projects in 2021

17 Sep 2020

Sweden’s Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) is to provide an extra SEK1.4 billion (USD159 million) in broadband support in 2021 as part of the SEK2.85 billion investment expected by 2025. Dan Sjoblom, the regulator’s CEO, says that state funding is still needed to cover the areas the market does not reach, offering subsidies for operators to deploy gigabit-capable networks in rural regions. A tender for the state-subsidised rollouts will be opened in June 2021 and this will be preceded by a public consultation process.