Revenues generated by Norway’s broadband and mobile sectors increased in 2015, according to data released by the Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom), with the nation’s total telecoms turnover climbing to NOK34.620 billion (USD4.29 billion), up from NOK33.455 billion a year earlier. Revenues from mobile services accounted for more than half of the total, standing at NOK20.129 billion, a year-on-year increase of 3.5%, while broadband turnover rose by 6.7% to reach NOK8.839 billion. By comparison, revenues from fixed voice services amounted to NOK3.081 billion, a drop of more than 12% against the NOK3.510 billion reported for 2014.
In terms of accesses, gains were only reported in the broadband sector, where the total increased to 2.042 million, up 3.3% y-o-y. Notably, the increase was driven by the uptake of fibre-based services, with the number of connections standing at 679,005 at the end of 2015, having risen by 16.7% against the 581,899 recorded at end-2014. In the mobile arena, meanwhile, subscriptions declined marginally (-0.4%) to 5.715 million, with a 91,000 rise in the number of post-paid accesses failing to offset a 115,000 drop in pre-paid subscribers. Standalone mobile broadband subscriptions totalled 485,691 at the end of 2015, representing a 9.2% drop from 535,015 a year earlier. Fixed voice services also saw declines in the year under review, with the total (PSTN and VoIP combined) falling under the one million mark to stand at 944,510 at end-2015, down from 1.081 million a year earlier.