Cable Companies boost broadband development
Almost half a million additional Norwegian households can now subscribe to broadband services with 50 Mbit/s in download speed. High speed broadband through Cable-TV technology is the major growth driver in the Norwegian broadband market.
The Ministry of Government Administration and Reform* survey “Broadband coverage
From 2010 till 2011 the share of Norwegian households having access to broadband with up to 50 Mbit/s download speed has increased from 19 to 41 percent. The Ministry characterizes this boost as the most startling development.
Reach one-half of all Norwegian households
The main reason for the increase is the upgrade of cable-TV networks all across the country. Cable-TV providers have invested more than 8 billion NOK over the previous years, and have re-built cable-TV networks to state-of-the-art digital-TV and broadband networks, based on the fiber technology HFC.
- The Cable-TV networks now reach one-half of
Capacity is the main challenge
The Ministry report gives an overview of the coverage of high speed broadband
The report shows that more people have access to high speed broadband, but the broadband development is not only about coverage. The report does not indicate if the Norwegian networks have enough capacity to handle heavy usage from a large number of customers. Over the last couple of years we have witnessed that the system has its limitations.
- Broadband operators are still facing substantial, heavy investments to
strengthen the infrastructure. Capacity in the backbone and access networks
must be increased considerably, and we need better traffic management tools to optimize
the broadband resources. It is therefore very important that the Norwegian
authorities maintain a predictable broadband policy and ensure competitive framework
conditions. At the same time, the content providers must also be prepared to pay
for future capacity expansions. With this in place, the commercial players in
About Kabel Norge
Kabel Norge is a trade union for the commercial cable-TV operators in