Com Hem has commenced an upgrade that will take broadband speeds up to a maximum of 200 Mbps. The Swedish cableco said that 1.4 million households within its footprint would eventually gain access to the service that will reach 400,000 households in its first phase. The first high speed services were launched in August 2008 when a 50 Mbps product was introduced. A year later Com Hem became the first broadband provider in Sweden to offer 100 Mbps speeds on a large scale.
“We see the demand for high-speed broadband is increasing rapidly and has resulted from a change in usage paterns. Heavier pages and services on the internet, enhanced streaming, more computers and other smart devices in the home are all factors that contribute to the need for more capacity on broadband,” said Marie Johansson, director of product management for telephony and broadband at Com Hem.
It is anticipated that all 1.4 million homes will be covered by the summer. Customers are being charged SEK 499 per month on a 12 month contract.