TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Use of IP Telephony Surged in Sweden in 2004

Use of IP Telephony Surged in Sweden in 2004

Lisa Minter (
Wed, 29 Jun 2005 23:31:00 -0500

The number of people making phone calls via the Internet more than
doubled in Sweden in 2004, the country's telecoms regulator said on

Its report on the telecommunications market for last year said 80,800
people had Internet Protocol phone call subscriptions, compared with
38,400 in 2003.

"Not all telephone clients are linked to networks which offer IP-based
calling, but the potential client base is rising as more operators are
starting to offer IP-based phoning," the PTS regulator said.

It said broadband operator Bredbandsbolaget, recently bought by
Norway's Telenor (TEL.OL), had most IP telephony clients.

At the end of 2004, there were 25 operators offering IP calls, versus
10 to 15 at the end of the previous year.

Nordic giant TeliaSonera (TLSN.ST) has said that IP telephony is one
of the challenges it has to deal with in its home markets.

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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