Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has published its latest annual broadband survey, reporting that 74% of households had access to fibre broadband as of 30 June 2020. In particular, the regulator highlighted improved access to fibre-based technology in sparsely populated areas, noting that 55% of residential households in rural regions can now access such connectivity, up from 45% at mid-2019. By comparison, it said that 78% of premises in more densely populated areas had access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology at mid-2020.
In terms of speeds, meanwhile, the Nkom said that 89% of Norway’s premises could access download speeds of 100Mbps or more as of end-June 2020, up from 85% a year earlier, citing the improved access to fibre as a key reason for the increase. Moreover, the regulator also confirmed that 88% of premises had access to downlink rates of 500Mbps or more, compared to 83% at mid-2019. At the other end of the scale, in terms of lower-level speeds the Nkom said that 98% of households had access to a connection offering at least 30Mbps downstream by 30 June 2020, up from 89% twelve months previously. According to Nkom, the notable improvement in access for such speeds was due mainly to the introduction of new offers from both Telenor Norge and Telia Norge, both of which market fixed-wireless broadband services.