Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has revealed that more than 720,000 premises were connected to a broadband service offering downlink speeds of 100Mbps or more by 31 December 2018, up from 224,000 a year earlier. According to the regulator’s most recent data, only 135,000 households were connected via a broadband service that offered less than a peak 10Mbps connection at end-2018, down from 203,000 a year earlier, while at the other end of the scale there were no fewer than 16,000 premises on gigabit-capable connections at the same date, up from 10,000 at end-2017.
Meanwhile, in terms of access numbers, Nkom reported 2.040 million residential fixed broadband accesses in the country at the end of last year, of which almost half – or 1.012 million, up from 887,000 at end-2017 – were hooked up via a fibre-based service. By comparison, the number of cable broadband accesses declined marginally to 601,000 from 623,000, while xDSL accesses tumbled from around 560,000 to 427,000. Business broadband accesses totalled almost 127,000 at end-2018, broken down as follows: xDSL, 62,400; fibre 55,700; and ‘other’, 8,700.
With regards to the residential broadband segment, Nkom confirmed that Telenor Norge remains the largest provider, serving 38.1% of all users at the end of 2018, down from 39.5% a year earlier, although in the residential fibre broadband market it played second fiddle to Altibox, with it having a 22.1% market share (Dec-17: 21.2%). The latter company accounted for almost half of all of Norway’s fibre-based broadband accesses at end-2018 – 48.3%, down from 50.3% – while in overall market terms Altibox served 23.7% of Norway’s private broadband users (Dec-17: 22.1%). Only Telia Norge claimed a double-digit share in terms of the overall residential broadband market, with it serving 17.7% of users at the end of last year, broadly unchanged year-on-year.