Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced that 80% of the country’s households had access to broadband at speeds of at least 100Mbps at mid-2017. Citing the impact of increased fibre coverage, the regulator highlighted the fact that 52% of households were within reach of a fibre-based network at the end of June 2017, up from 46% a year earlier. Moreover, the Nkom noted that the number of households connectable via fibre has now surpassed the number connectable via cable TV; with the percentage of homes within cable TV network footprints declining from 53% to 51%, the regulator noted that this was mainly due to some of this infrastructure being replaced with direct fibre to premises. However, while around 140,000 more households had gained access to fibre broadband services between mid-2016 and mid-2017, the Nkom said that only 44,000 of those had access to speeds of 100Mbps.
Meanwhile, the Nkom did note that there were significant geographical variations in broadband coverage. Although 86% of all households are able to access a broadband service via a fibre, cable TV or VDSL network, it said that in densely populated areas 97% of premises had access to such connectivity, versus 40% in rural and remote areas. In terms of customer choice, the regulator said that an increasing proportion of households can now choose between different technical solutions and multiple providers. At 30 June 2017 42% of households could choose between at least two different technical solutions which offered downlink speeds of at least 30Mbps, up from 39% a year earlier. At the same date, 47% of households were able to choose between at least two broadband providers for a 30Mbps service, up from 44% at mid-2016.