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 6.17 m connections in 2020. Among them were 5.83 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 97% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 44% 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 164.57 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Norway ranked 22nd in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 131.41 Mbit/second (14th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Norway comes 6th with a download speed of 150.21 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 22 Mbit was enough for 8th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 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 - 2020

Broadband internet in Norway 2000 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Norway
Internet users5.22 m97.00 %393.46 m87.87 %
Broadband users2.39 m44.38 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines348,808.006.48 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars5.83 m108.29 %541.96 m121.03 %