As far as internet connectivity goes, living in Sweden has always been pretty much unbeatable. I’ve had more than a few folks visit my job from the U.S. who were blown away by the sort of connectivity we’re offered to our homes. For example, I have a subscription for broadband with a downloading connection rate of up to 24Mbps and uploading up to 1Mbps depending on traffic volume (see insert below for speed at the time of this post) for about $40 per month.
The connection uses the other two wires in my phone jack that aren’t needed for regular tip & ring phone service. (more than a few folks use their phone jacks as a method of broadband penetration into their homes. It’s terribly convenient.) This is pretty much perfect for my wife and I because neither of us are huge uploaders.
Then, there’s a particular Norwegian I know who has a 100Mbps both ways going in to his apartment. Granted, his job pays for it, but the fact that anyone can have this service at a reasonable cost is more than impressive, if you ask me.
Now it seems that Sweden is going to offer us even more, and wirelessly at that! Apparently, the good folks at TeliaSonera and Ericsson (not to be confused with Sony Ericsson, which is a separate part of Ericsson as a whole) are planning on going live with Ericsson’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network in 2010. This will allegedly offer even 10x more speed. What am I going to do with the ability to go 10x faster? I’m not really sure yet, but I do plan on letting you know in the future. 😉
Hat-tip to Elvis for this one.