Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced that 93.6% of the population now have access to broadband at speeds of 100Mbps or more, up from 90.4% a year earlier. With the regulator publishing a data update showing the development of broadband coverage in the country, among the other highlights was the fact that the availability of gigabit speeds had also increased, reaching 92.5% of the population at mid-2022, compared to 86.5% a year earlier.
Of further note, Nkom reported that as of 30 June 2022 45.6% of the population had access to downlink speeds of 100Mbps or more via the 5G infrastructure rolled out by one of the nation’s mobile operators, while access to speeds of at least 30Mbps via 5G stood at 65.7%. What the watchdog referred to as ‘basic’ 5G coverage was, meanwhile, up significantly year-on-year, reaching 81.5% at mid-2022, compared to 23.3% a year earlier.
Despite the improvements in access to faster speeds, efforts will reportedly continue with a view to achieving the government’s stated aim of having 100Mbps downlink speeds available to all Norwegians by 2025. To that end, Nkom director Pal Wien Espen was cited as saying: ‘It is gratifying that more households have access to satisfactory broadband, but there are still too many who fall outside the digital community. It is an important national task to get everyone involved, and both the industry and the authorities must take a step forward in the next few years.’