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Telecommunication in Norway

The development of telecommunications in Norway is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +47, there were a total of 6.22 m connections in 2019. Among them were 5.78 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections Norway is very well in the race. Around 98% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 42% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 3.59 m webhosts, Norway is roughly in the the world's average.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 153.36 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Norway ranked 20th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 125.93 Mbit/second (14th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 18th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Norway comes 6th with a download speed of 117.01 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 20 Mbit was enough for 12th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Februar 2021 from 175 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Norway from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Norway 2000 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019


Spreading in 2019Norway
Total
Norway
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users5.24 m98.00 %382.31 m85.43 %
Broadband users2.26 m42.27 %158.30 m35.37 %
Landlines444,600.008.31 %165.48 m36.98 %
Mobile cellulars5.78 m108.00 %542.60 m121.25 %