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Norway reaches 78% of homes with 100 Mbps broadband access

Seventy-eight percent of homes in Norway now have access to broadband at a minimum of 100 Mbps, according to Norwegian telecoms watchdog Nkom in its ‘Broadband coverage 2016’ report. This is a rise from 73 percent in 2015. There are more choices between different technologies, with increasing numbers able to get broadband via fibre, cable or copper line (VDSL), said the report, commissioned from Nexia.

The report is based on information from suppliers, and there are approximately 125 fixed broadband providers. For mobile broadband, their coverage maps were used. The results shows the lay of the land in the first half of 2016.

On 30 June, 46 percent had access to fibre broadband, up from 41 percent. Meanwhile 53 percent had access to broadband via TV cable, up by two percent points. Half of households had traditional VDSL access, up from 47 percent last year.

Taken together, 85 percent of homes had broadband access through fibre, TV cable or VDSL, up from 82 percent in 2015. These forms of technology provide medium-speed or high-speed services. Nkom said 82 percent had a service at a minimum of 30 Mbps, up from 79 percent a year earlier.

Turning to business users, 69 percent had access to broadband via fibre, cable TV network or VDSL, up from 61 percent in the first half of 2015.

Very few homes in Norway have no access to broadband (minimum of 4 Mbps). It found 95 percent have access to a service at 4 Mbps or more, and this reaches almost 100 percent if LTE internet is included.

Source: Telecom Paper

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