Geographic 4G coverage of Norway stood at just under 87% at the end of June 2016, according to new data published by the Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom). With that representing a significant increase on the less than 50% reported a year earlier, the watchdog also revealed that almost the entire population (99.5%) had access to LTE-based services at their home address at that same date, up by around four percentage points from mid-2015. With this information released in the Nkom’s ‘Broadband in Norway 2016’ report, it noted that the sizeable increase in geographic coverage was partly due to a heavy investment in 4G by the nation’s cellcos, though it pointed to the upgrading of ice.net’s 450MHz network to LTE as another significant factor.
Meanwhile, in the fixed broadband arena the Nkom noted that more than 85% of Norwegian households had access to services offering speeds of more than 30Mbps at mid-2016, with 73% of those having opted to take up a service. Access to broadband based on fibre, and the take-up of such connectivity, has increased significantly, the regulator noted, with approximately 46% of households able to sign up for a fibre-based service by end-June 2016, up from 39% a year earlier.