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Telecommunication in Norway

The development of telecommunications in Norway is roughly equivalent to the United States. Under the country code +47, there were a total of 6.17 million connections in 2021. Among them were 5.83 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.1 per person. In the US, this figure is 1.1 mobile phones per person.

With about 3.59 million webhosts, Norway is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 209,961 of these, or about 6 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 109.42 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Norway ranks 25th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 94.38 Mbit/second (15th place).
In mobile internet, i.e., on tablets and smartphones, Norway comes 3rd with a download speed of 128.14 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 18 Mbit was only enough for 10th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in December 2022 from 178 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 percent mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the internet in Norway from 1990 - 2021

Broadband internet in Norway 2000 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerNorway is doing very well in the expansion of broadband internet connections. Around 99 percent of all residents have access to the internet. Around 44 percent have their own fast internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the internet via mobile communications. With around 2.0 people per household, this means that around 88.3 percent of all households are equipped with a high-speed internet connection.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

The increasing prevalence of cell phones and the simultaneous decline in landline phones clearly indicate a change in Norway. While the number of landlines has fallen significantly in recent years, the spread of cell phones has risen to 0 cell phone subscriptions per 100 people at last count. Such a clear shift does not occur in all countries, but the trend points in the same direction internationally.

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