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One million people in Sweden ‘digitally excluded’

Published torsdag 27 oktober 2016 kl 17.07
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More than a million people in Sweden are estimated to not be connected to the digital world, according to a new study.

Estimates in other studies had put the number at between 700,000 and 1.5 million. This latest report by the Swedish Local Fibre Alliance (Svenska Stadsnätsföreningen), a non-profit trade association, combines those previous studies with their own research.

“It's not about the infrastructure or broadband connection, it's actually about the people,” Swedish Local Fibre Alliance CEO Mikael Ek told Radio Sweden.

“It's very much about the elderly, those with low incomes or no income, or new people coming to Sweden, who aren't familiar with IT or the language or things like that.”

The Minister for Digitalization, Peter Eriksson, told TT news agency that clearer leadership from the state is needed.

Eriksson said the government is planning to present two new strategies: One to expand the fibre and mobile broadband networks and the second to improve people's digital skills.

Mikael Ek, meanwhile, said that local and national politicians need to coordinate with each other in order to help those currently excluded from the digital world become connected, and take advantage of what it has to offer.

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