2019|04|25 – The 2019 P3 connect Mobile Benchmark in Sweden
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For the third time, P3 and connect have conducted a mobile network test in Sweden. In each year, the Swedish operators presented a very high level of performance and reliability – and still managed to continually improve their results. So, expectations for this year ‘s benchmark are high: How did the Swedish mobile networks perform this time?
Results in a nutshell
P3‘s network benchmarks are widely accepted for setting industry standards as well as being highly objective. The carefully designed methodology scheduled two drivetest cars to visit 21 large cities and 33 smaller towns in Sweden as well as the connecting roads. The areas in which we tested accounted for more than 4 million people, or about 42 per cent of the Swedish population.
Another example for P3‘s great attention to detail is the use of up-to-date LTE “Cat 9” as well as VoLTE-capable smartphones for the tests. They reflect the latest technical developments in the mobile networks and once more emphasise the scope of our benchmarking: How do the mobile networks perform at the edge of what is technically feasible – and to what extent do customers benefit from these capabilities? In order to provide valid answers to these questions, we have also used the most comprehensive mobile plans available from each operator. Also, we constantly readjust the thresholds of our evaluation to represent the latest technological advancements.
With 121 mobile subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, Sweden has a flourishing mobile communications market. And the excellent results from of our first mobile network benchmark in Sweden, conducted in 2016, have set high expectations. Still, three out of the four Swedish contenders were able to improve on their 2016 results.
Telia takes the overall win, Tele2 and Telenor show very good results. Tre clearly improves its score
For the third time in a row, Telia is the clear winner of the P3 connect Mobile Benchmark in Sweden, maintaining the lead in voice and data services as well as in the newly added crowd score. Continuously improving its score over the last years and this time achieving the highest score measured by P3 in Sweden so far, Telia well deserves the rare grade “outstanding”. Tele2 and Telenor achieve “very good”, followed by Tre with the grade “good”. All four Swedish operators have improved over their results from our previous benchmarks, with Tele 2 showing the biggest improvement and Telia as well as Tre also achieving most pronounced score increases. Telenor also gathered more points than in the years before, overall keeping its very good performance. Tele2 takes the second rank in voice and data, wheras Telenor ranks second in the crowdsourcing, one point ahead of Tele2. Tre ranks third in voice and shows a considerable score improvement over the result of our previous benchmark. In the crowdsourced assessment of service degradations, we did not observe any limitations in Tre’s network from June 2018 to February 2019.
Formerly owned by the Swedish government, Telia AB merged with the Finnish operator Sonera in 2002. After the merger, the Swedish state owned 46 per cent of the new TeliaSonera and Finland a little over 19 per cent. Since then, both states have reduced their ownership in the company. Today, the company is the largest Nordic and Baltic mobile operator both in revenues and customer base.
Most of its shares are owned by diverse shareholders. In addition to its own brand, Telia operates a budget mobile service under the name “Halebop”. With approximately six million subscribers, Telia is the largest mobile network provider in Sweden.
Telia operates a 2G/3G network on 900 MHz and holds individual licenses for 4G on 700, 800, 1800 and 2600 MHz. Above that, Telia and Tele2 operate a shared 3G network on 2100 MHz in the 50/50 owned company Sunab. Today, Telia claims to cover 99.9 per cent of the Swedish population with its 4G service. Its offerings include both VoLTE and 4G+ (LTE carrier aggregation).
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The clear winner of the 2019 P3 connect Mobile Benchmark in Sweden is Telia – leading the field in the voice, data and crowd categories alike. The overall score achieved by this operator is also the highest one ever determined by P3 in Sweden. For this convincing performance, Telia has well deserved the rare grade “outstanding”.