For an Included Swedish Countryside with Internet for Everyone
"I can no longer call home," exclaimed the former Minister for Enterprise in the IT country Sweden. This is characteristic of the rural areas where people and businesses are forced to choose between digital exclusion or moving to a more populated area with access to mobile coverage.
The #fulltäckning project started in November 2016 and works to prevent digital exclusion by increasing mobile coverage in rural areas. The work is centered around rural areas, after which it will spread the coverage in order to create opportunities for people to live and work across the entire country. The long-term goal is to create attractive and competitive areas in rural areas, with access to mobile coverage.
Individuals, businesses and other industries can, thanks
to better coverage, participate in digitalization and contribute to a positive
development for both environment and society. The vision is that new,
innovative ways will drive operators toward rural development, with the help of
local and public interests.
#Fulltäckning Will Solve Three Challenges and Create:
Rural areas must have access to 100Mbit/s. With the right technology, this can be achieved at a low cost.
Locals and tourists alike must have mobile coverage everywhere.
Tourism, agriculture, forestry, power/electricity and other industries should not be hampered by lack of communication.
This project will act as catalyst and collaboration platform for efforts also outside the project. The economic values created by rural areas constitute a significant part of Sweden's GDP. This project addresses the economic, social and cultural values that come from a healthy countryside. Large parts of the world are rural, and the challenges are global. The market often excludes the countryside, focusing instead on urban areas. This project aims to counteract this by putting rural areas front and center.
The work will be conducted in four work streams:
1. Needs analysis and current situation description: needs analysis, development of indicators and work to connect rural areas.
2. Economics, models and value chains: analysis of engineering-economic areas, operator models and other aspects.
3. Project demonstration: showcasing project feasibility and evaluate it afterwards.
4. Information dissemination and advocacy: continuous work with communication and influence.
The challenges will be met with a project
consortium that extends across several industries, sectors and community
interests, as well as an implementation plan that extends for as long as ten
This project will work with three flows and stimulate investments created by:
a) The Market - Which today is the norm for how networks are built. This is a functioning way to access the internet in urban areas but one that rarely reaches rural areas.
b) The Public Sector - Which, through national subsidies, has served as an addition to market investment when networks have been expanded. Not used for mobile networks.
c) The End User - Who previously has contributed to
infrastructure in the construction of fiber networks, by for example paying
connection fees. The model is not developed for mobile networks.
Here you will find links related to the project.