Nkom reveals nationwide 4G population coverage at 95%

23 Oct 2015

According to the latest data produced by the Norwegian telecoms regulator, the National Communications Authority (Nkom), 95% of the population had access to a 4G network at the end of June 2015, up from 83% a year earlier. Nkom’s ‘Broadband in Norway 2015’ report notes that geographic coverage of LTE-based services rose from 24% to 49% over the same period, however, there were large variations between counties, with Oslo and the regions around the Oslo Fjord boasting consistently higher population and geographic coverage levels than the rest of the country.

The regulator remarked that there is a considerable overlap in the coverage offered by the nation’s three network operators, with large parts of the population having the choice of 3G/4G coverage from between two or three providers. As such, only 4% of the population had 3G/4G coverage from just a single mobile network operator, while 25% of the country’s geography was served by only one cellco.

In the fixed broadband arena, some 1.96 million households now have access to high speed broadband networks offering downlink rates of at least 30Mbps, compared to 1.83 million at mid-2014. A total 1.34 million premises were connected to such a service at end-June 2015, up by 153,000 year-on-year. With regards to access types, 974,000 households were served by a fibre-based broadband service at mid-2015, up from 865,000 a year earlier.