Norwegian telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (Nkom, formerly NPT) has published its statistical report for the first half of 2016, revealing the largest year-on-year increase in fibre-based broadband connections to date.
With the total number of fixed line broadband accesses standing at 2.069 million at the end of June 2016, up 3.5% from the 1.999 million reported a year earlier, the Nkom noted that an increasing proportion of the total are now fibre-based. Indeed, as at 30 June 2016 there were 734,616 fibre broadband lines in service, representing year-on-year growth of 18%, with such connections now accounting for more than 35% of all broadband accesses in the country. xDSL-based connections continued to decline, meanwhile, falling to 653,819 at end-June 2016, down from 709,538 a year earlier, while cable-based connections increased from 623,292 to 639,278 over the same period.
In the mobile arena, meanwhile, the Nkom reported that there were nearly 6.2 million mobile voice and broadband subscriptions combined, down by around 70,000 from mid-2015. Notably though the regulator revealed that post-paid mobile voice subscriptions increased in the period under review, climbing to 4.62 million at 30 June 2016, up almost 2% y-o-y, while pre-paid connections tumbled by almost 10% to 1.099 million. Standalone mobile broadband subscriptions meanwhile also declined, standing at 472,844 at the end of June 2016, down from 511,123 a year earlier.
To coincide with the release of its latest statistical information, the Nkom also unveiled a new online portal, where all the data it produces on a half-yearly basis can be viewed.