Fiber connections now account for 35% of all fixed broadband lines in Norway, according to figures released by the country's communications authority, NKOM.
In the 12 months to the end of June 2016, the number of fiber broadband subscriptions rose by more than 112,000 to about 735,000, or 35% of all fixed broadband lines in the Nordic country.
In total, Norway, a country of 2.3 million households and about 5.24 million people, has 2.07 million broadband connections. Of those, cable broadband accounts for more than 634,000, or 30.6% of the total. Most of the remaining 34.4% share of fixed broadband lines are delivered over copper (xDSL).
Norway's national telco Telenor is the country's leading FTTH service provider, holding an 18.2% market share, followed by competitive operator Viken Fiber, with 15.9%, and Lyse Fiber with 10%.
Norway has long boasted one of the highest fiber broadband penetration rates in Europe and, indeed, in the world: In a global ranking of FTTH/B markets compiled by Idate and presented at the FTTH Council Europe event in Luxembourg earlier this year, Norway took 13th place in a FTTH global ranking and ranked fifth in Europe. South Korea was the top ranked market globally, while Lithuania (ninth globally) topped the European chart.
Those rankings were based on numbers collected at the end of September 2015, so there's a good chance that Norway will have risen up the FTTH penetration charts since then.
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