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3.5.1Wide adoption of the
Open Access Model
Part of the success of fibre coverage in Sweden
is down to the wide adoption of the open access
model. In this model, the physical fibre is not
necessarily owned by the same company who
provides the service, but by different types of Fibre
Owners, such as local authorities, private investors,
utilities, real estate, and landowners.
3.5.2The DNA of Sweden
Stockholm produces more billion-dollar companies per
capita than any other global region after Silicon Valley.
Skype, Mojang, Spotify and iZettle are all unicorns founded
in Stockholm – directly related to open access fibre.
Through a neutral Fibre Operator, these Fibre
Owners lease the fibre to multiple Service Providers
to enable them to access and use the network to
deliver their own broadband services. This lowers
the costs for the Service Providers, encourages
greater competition and leads to much higher
uptake and financial returns for the Fibre Owners.
However, it does not lead to price erosion as many
[UK] ISPs fear.
In the 1990s, the Swedish government offered a tax
break for residents to buy computers. This helped the
population become early adopters of technology.
In 1994 Stockholm built the world’s largest open
fibre network, with 100% of businesses and 90% of
homes connected today. The Stokab fibre network (in
Stockholm) has delivered an estimated £1.8bn ROI11,
saving the local government over £250m in IT and
Telecoms services alone.
Wider societal technology adoption is a central part
of Sweden’s DNA, driven by a commitment from, and
funding by, the Swedish Government.
MARKET SHARE OPEN ACCESS PLAYERS
Acreo Swedish (May 2018)
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