Norway’s dominant broadband operator Telenor has announced the commercial launch of its VDSL2 broadband service, offering customers downlink and uplink speeds of up to 40Mbps and 10Mbps respectively. Offered under the ‘Superbredband’ moniker, the new superfast service is initially available to around 400,000 premises, a figure which Telenor expects to double by the end of the year, with prices for the lowest level of the new service, which offers download speeds of 25Mbps and an upload rate of 5Mbps, starting at NOK499 (USD86) per month. The top-level service (40Mbps down/10Mbps up) meanwhile costs NOK599 per month, and both tariffs offer an NOK50 per month discount if signing up for twelve months. Alongside the introduction of the new, faster broadband services Telenor has also added a double-play package offering internet and fixed line voice; the package includes 100 call minutes to mobile numbers per month for six months free of charge.
Commenting on the development Svein Henning Kirkeng, director of consumer markets at Telenor, said: ‘Telenor will deliver the best solutions the market has to offer to the home, and we are keen for as many customers as possible to benefit from them. With today’s launch we are hoping to meet our customers at home, literally speaking. The scene is now set for a proper lift in broadband-Norway.’
Looking further forward Telenor has revealed that it expects to launch a TV service later this year aimed at making the most of its new high speed network. ‘With TV over Superbredband the last piece will fall in place for a high-end and powerful TV product. Telenor will then offer internet, TV and telephony in attractive packages,’ added Kirkeng.