Norway enjoys a steady increase in the coverage of Superfast Broadband to residential homes, according to the latest report from NPT (Post- og teletilsynet). The technology chosen by most Norwegian broadband users is a connection over the Cable TV infrastructure.
Last year the number of broadband customers increased by 52.000, giving a total number of 1,743.000 fixed-line broadband subscriptions for the whole country by July 1, 2011. This appears in the new semi-annual report about the electronic communications market in Norway, which was published by NPT on October 31, 2011.
- The most pleasing part of the report is that the growth now comes within what we call Superfast Broadband, which is broadband with very high speeds. The share of broadband over cable TV increases as much as 2,6 percent points, and the report shows that a decreasing number of customers now have to rely on the copper based xDSL technology, says Øyvind Husby, Chairman of Kabel Norge, the trade organization for Norwegian cable TV operators.
Cable operators who are members of Kabel Norge offer speeds up to 200 Mbit/s to their customers, and have the possibility of offering even higher speeds according to the demand from their customers.
- Norwegian cable TV networks are now among the most modern in the whole of Europe, being equipped with fiber-based HFC technology. This means we can offer our customers a future proof technology which will be able to deliver the broadband speeds expected by the market, Husby points out.
Norwegian cable operators today have 504.000 broadband customers, making cable TV the second largest fixed network broadband technology in the country. At the same time, the cable broadband technology is the fastest growing in Norway. Only the traditional xDSL technology is still larger than cable. The NPT report shows however that customers are continuing to flee from copper, as the number of customers still relying on the old copper technology showed a decrease of 2,2 % during last year.
The NPT report is available here:
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