TeleGeography Logo

6% of Swedes have 5G-ready handset

1 Apr 2021

Tre Sweden says that 6% of Swedes have bought a 5G-capable smartphone, while 29% say they will upgrade to 5G next time they replace their handset. Although this is encouraging news for the country’s four cellcos, which are currently rolling out 5G infrastructure, there are still high levels of confusion surrounding the next-generation technology. A survey by Tre found that 68% of people had little or no knowledge as to how 5G differs from 4G. 48% of respondents believe that 5G will not begin to make a mass-market impact until 2023-24, with only 7% predicting that a surge in take-up will come within the next twelve months.

Haval van Drumpt, CEO of Tre Sweden, commented: ‘Today we are in a similar situation as when we went from 3G to 4G. Then many had a hard time imagining what 4G could mean. We operators have a task to show what a huge change 5G will bring. In 2021, Tre will expand 5G in our major cities and our customers can benefit from the fact that we are the operator with the most 5G spectrum per user.’

Sweden, Tre Sweden (Hi3G Access)

GlobalComms Database

Want more? Peruse the GlobalComms Database—the most complete source of intel about mobile, fixed broadband, and fixed voice markets.


TeleGeography is the definitive source for telecom news, numbers, and analysis. Explore the full research catalog.