COS Customer Skekraft.net Named Best City Network in Sweden 2017

  • COS Systems
  • Skelleftea Kraft Fiber Network
UMEA, SWEDEN — Skelleftea Kraft Fiber Network, a customer of COS Systems that provides gigabit Internet service on an open access network in Skelleftea, Sweden, has been named Best City Network in Sweden 2017 by the Swedish Local Fiber Alliance.

Skelleftea Kraft Fiber Network started their fiber deployment in the early 2000s. After being a single provider themselves for the first years, they made the decision in 2009 to migrate over to an open access model. The positive effects from bringing in competition was immediate and today they have 11 providers offering gigabit-speed Internet, IP phone services, TV services as well as triple-play packages on their network. With an abundance of providers and services to choose from and thus very competitive prices, they are boasting very impressive take-rates. They reach almost all of Skelleftea, a city with 33,000 residents, and a few of the larger surrounding villages, but are now expanding further out into the rural parts of the county they serve.

Trying New Approaches
"In Skelleftea the city network has had the courage to try new approaches to increase the quality of their network. By organizationally separating the daily network operations from the group responsible for the network expansions with great success, Skelleftea Kraft proves that it’s not only about building networks, but also about operating them in a manner ensuring that the highest quality standards are met,” says Jorgen Svardh, chairman of the Swedish Local Fiber Alliance, when announcing the winners.

“At COS Systems we are very proud that one of our first customers has been awarded this prestigious title. Ever since 2010 we’ve provided them with our BSS/OSS solution COS Business Engine to support them in their open access network operations. During these years we’ve seen their take-rate increase greatly and the ever improving financial figures they present makes your jaw drop, especially when considering that the prices of services on their network are among the lowest in Sweden as well as globally. We are also very pleased that we are part of their expansion process with COS Service Zones, helping them to generate and aggregate demand for fiber prior to deployment and thereby enabling them to build out their network where they will have the best ROI,” says COS Systems CMO Isak Finer.

“A well-deserved recognition for a fantastic job being done not just today, but every single day of the year. Our warmest congratulations to Skekraft!" concludes Peter Lidstrom, CEO of COS Systems.

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