Competition for Digital TV Access
“Computer Sweden” reports that the new center-right Swedish government plans to open the terrestrial digital television network up to competition.
Currently only the government-owned operator Box offers terrestrial digital television subscriptions, reaching some 620,000 households. Analog TV transmitters are being turned off around the country, with the final switch-over to digital only next year.
The government’s plans follow a decision by the European Commission that Boxer’s monopoly is in violation of EU competition rules.
Unlike Britain, where digital terrestrial television is free, most of Boxer’s offerings are available only by subscription.
Besides terrestrial access, Swedes can also get digital TV via cable or satellite.