Description / Explanation
Sunne municipality and Telia have a unique collaboration. In 2011 they signed a letter of collaboration to bring fibre to Sunne. In 2017, the collaboration went to the next level. The future-proof digital infrastructure is rolled out in Sunne. The old copper network is fully replaced with fibre and mobile networks. This gives Sunne a digital infrastructure that is ready for the ever-increasing demand for speed and capacity. But more importantly it gives Sunne a digital infrastructure that will enable people and businesses to grow. But the challenge lies in maximising the value of this technology, by educating the people in how to use it. This is not a challenge only in Sunne, but in all of Sweden. Telia’s educational concept “More Digital” is addressing this issue. 12 year-olds teach seniors how to become "More Digital". This concept is launched in Sunne as part of the journey to make Sunne the first digitally future-proof municipality. Research carried out by University of Skövde, on the spot in Sunne, suggests that this programme can play a key part in helping seniors take the step to become "more digital".
29/06/2017 to 31/01/2019
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Infrastructure & Service
Speed / performance
Infrastructure, technology and architecture
Fiber customers have the possibility to get download rates up to 1 Gbps and mobile customers have 10-20 Mbps and in some cases up to 30 Mbps when downloading. The project made use of the different types of pre-existing infrastructures in Sunne, including privately owned ducts with Telia-operated fibres, Telia-owned ducts and fibres, and municipality-owned ducts with Telia fibres. Where applicable, planned water and sewer works have been used for co-trenching. Telia have been reusing local offices from the copper network as well as mobile offices where applicable. Trenching to new industrial areas are co-planned with water, sewer and electricity works.
Was the project supported by EU funding?
Sources of EU funding
15 fibre associations and the transport network received support from the EU through the ERUF-programme. Telia provided private funding of circa EUR 1 million. EU provided support from regional and agricultural funding. The end customers contributed one time fees from ranging from EUR 1.500 to EUR 2.500 per access.
Actors involved and their roles
Telia and Sunne Municipality jointly launched the project with Telia as the main provider of the new infrastructure. Telia has taken on the role as project manager and Sunne Municipality contributes through their line organization - mainly by the director of enterprise and the director of broadband communications.
The project helps an entire municipality in Sweden to go digital by replacing the old copper network with modern solutions, as well as reducing the digital exclusion amongst the seniors. Sunne will be the first municipality in Sweden with all citizens using modern services. Through this project, Sunne municipality has built a great foundation for continuing the journey of digitalizing the municipality services.
Working jointly towards a common goal and engaging all available resources contributes to good, transparent, solution oriented spirit and final success.
Since 2011, when Telia and Sunne started working together to advance the fibre roll-out in the municipality, the percentage of households connected with fibre will have increased from 0.5% to 76.8% by late 2018. There are 0% copper customers as from January 2019, and 100% of customers adapted to modern solutions (FTTH/LTE) through Telia or another operator.