Record-high broadband coverage reported throughout Norway

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90.4% of all households in Norway can get high-speed broadband, while as many as 86.5% can get broadband with gigabit speed, according to new figures from the National Communications Authority (Nkom) on Thursday.

The number of households with gigabit speeds (1,000 megabits per second) in particular has increased sharply in the last year. This figure has increased by 33% from 2020 to 2021.

“We have reached the goal we set in 2016, and are now at full speed towards the gigabit society,” District and Digitization Minister Linda Hofstad Helleland (H) stated.

Increase in fiber coverage

The figures also show a strong increase in fiber coverage in sparsely populated areas. As of the first half of the year, 64% of households in sparsely populated areas can get fiber – 9% up from last year.

According to Helleland, the plan is for the coverage to be even better through the 5G investment.

“This shows that the coverage is getting better in the districts. With the development of 5G, even more people will have access to 100 megabits per second or more. Here, the district package we offered in the 5G auction, which puts forward NOK 480 million for the development of fast wireless broadband in the districts, will be of great importance,” she noted.

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