Steady growth in fixed broadband access

The annual growth rate in the number of fixed broadband subscriptions was 5 percent in the 4th quarter of 2009. The average broadband capacity for private subscriptions increased to 5.9 Mbit/s.

The number of broadband subscriptions with fixed access on the Norwegian mainland was 1,671,000 at the end of the 4th quarter of 2009; an increase of 83,000 subscriptions in the last 12 months. Compared to the previous quarter, there is an increase of 19,000 subscriptions. At the end of the 4th quarter, Norway had 1,517,000 fixed private broadband subscriptions and 154,000 business subscriptions.

Increased growth of high capacity private access

Private broadband subscriptions with a capacity of more than 8 Mbit/s total 23 percent; an increase from 21 percent in the previous quarter. Only 11 percent of business broadband subscriptions have this capacity; an increase from 6 percent in the previous quarter.

The average capacity has increased to 5.9 from 5.7 Mbit/s in the previous quarter. At the same time, the median value has increased slightly, to 3.6 Mbit/s compared to 3.5 in the previous quarter.

Steady growth in fixed broadband subscriptions related to households

The broadband penetration rate in private households increased to 71 percent from 70 percent in the last quarter. The figure for private broadband subscriptions per 100 households varies between 77 percent in the county of Sør-Trøndelag and 59 percent in the county of Finnmark.

Private broadband subscriptions 4th quarter 2009 by centrality of the municipality
Centrality 1 Broadband subscriptions Broadband subscriptions as a percentage of households
Remote municipalities 120,587 61
Fairly remote municipalities 83,343 66
Fairly central municipalities 248,952 69
Central municipalities 1,063,694 73

The most central municipalities have the highest number of broadband subscriptions relative to the number of households. While the number of broadband subscriptions relative to the number of households is 73 percent, the corresponding figure for less central municipalities is 61 percent.

In some municipalities the number of leisure time cottages is high compared to the number of ordinary households. As the number of fixed broadband subscriptions to these cottages increase the figure for subscriptions relative to the number of households may become extremely high. The municipality of Bykle is the first to break the threshold of more than one subscription per household.

Source: Statistics Norway

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