Swedish regulator to award SEK 2 million for innovations in digital inclusion

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) has launched its sixteenth annual innovation competition, this year under the theme of digital inclusion. 

Organisations can apply for funding to support service and product development or research studies focused on electronic communication until 7 November 2019. An amount of up to SEK 2 million will be awarded per winning contribution. 

An estimated 1.1 million Swedes do not use the Internet or rarely use it. Those in this group are more likely to be older, female, to have lower household income and lower levels of education, and to live in rural areas.

PTS’s mandate includes ensuring that crucial telecoms and postal services are available to all citizens, including persons with disabilities. Under Sweden’s disability policy, PTS is charged with supporting the development of more and better communications solutions for persons with disabilities.

Since its first edition in 2010, over 130 projects have received financial support through the PTS innovation competition.

SourcesPTS, The Swedish Internet FoundationTelecom Paper