A carrier is a company that drives, sells capacity or in any other way provides a service for communication through networks. Communication can be divided into landline networks and mobile networks. The services that are provided through a carrier is IPTV, IP telephony, broadband and mobile communication. Today there are several carriers in Sweden.
There are both carriers that own their networks, and so called virtual carriers. Carriers that own their networks are Telia Sonera, Tele2, Comviq, Hi3G Access AB to name a few. Virtual carriers are companies that rent a spot with a carrier.
This means that the virtual carrier uses the same mobile network or landline network as the carrier they rent with. Some of the virtual carriers that exist today are Phonera, Alltele and Fello. There’s always new alternatives of virtual carriers that have competing prices.
- Carriers drive or rent out capacity over landline networks and mobile networks.
- Carriers supply services in broadband, telephony, IPTV, IP telephony etc.
- Carriers own their coverage within a certain region.
- Virtual carriers rent with a carrier that owns their network.
- The boundary between telephony and broadband is shrinking between carriers.
- Carriers can no longer require a roaming fee.
- There are carriers that are partially owned by the government and others that are private.
Internet through a carrier’s fiber or mobile network
With internet’s development, carriers have a more important role today in society. The use of smartphones in Sweden is one of the highest in the world. To be able to access internet in a smartphone it requires signing up with a carrier that offers data surf.
Mobile carriers have today built out their networks so that most in Sweden have access to fast data speed, even up to the fourth generation’s mobile network. Today it’s therefore possible to quickly and easily access broadband through mobile broadband from most carriers.
With the help of fiber optics broadband carriers have developed fast internet to major parts of Sweden. With broadband from a carrier you can also access digital TV through the same cables. Similarly with IP telephony, but it’s not as sought because mobile coverage and broadband covers most needs today.
The future for carriers
Because development of society is heading towards a more connected day-to-day life, stable mobile coverage with fast speed is becoming increasingly more important. This means that the services carriers offer through fiber today will be moved to mobile networks since the upgrades are easier to perform.
With all the more things being connected to the network, more data is sent. Therefore it requires the development to cover all future needs of reliable data transfer. The carriers will play an important role in the future when 5G is introduced.
5G is the 5th generation’s mobile network that carriers will introduce in year 2020. with 5G you’ll be able to send up to 10 gigabyte per second. It will cover the future need for both internet through stationary units as well as mobile units. Mobile services and broadband will mesh together in the future.
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