Sweden’s Post and Telecom Agency (Post & Telestyrelsen, PTS) says the application period for broadband subsidies has ended, with almost SEK7.5 billion (USD860 million) having been requested by network operators. The regulator has SEK1.6 billion of funding to allocate for the rollout of broadband infrastructure in three regions, Norrland, Svealand and Gotaland. A total of 129 applications for broadband support were received from companies, municipalities and associations, covering 1,817 separate projects.
Bjorn Blondell, division manager at PTS, commented: ‘It is very positive that the interest has been so great and that applications have been received with so many projects. PTS’s broadband support is an important tool for achieving the Government’s broadband strategy … Not all projects will be eligible for funding this time, but PTS’s broadband support will continue in the coming years.’