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 6.28 million connections in 2019. Among them were 5.72 million 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 41% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 3.59 million 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 152.72 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Norway ranked 19th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 125.84 Mbit/second (12th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 13th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Norway comes 6th with a download speed of 100.98 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 19 Mbit was enough for 14th place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in November 2020 from 176 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
Broadband users2.21 m41.26 %157.90 m35.28 %
Landlines563,250.0010.53 %166.16 m37.13 %
Mobile cellulars5.72 m106.97 %547.36 m122.31 %