According to Akamai’s Q3 2015 rankings, Denmark ranks 24th in the world in terms of Internet speeds, with an average connection speed of 14 Mbps and an average peak connection speed of 50.1 Mbps.
According to recent data provided by the World Bank Group, out of the approximate 5.6 million people currently living in Denmark, roughly 95% are connected to the Internet.
The local infrastructure primarily consists of coaxial and fiber cables. According to latest information provided by Numbeo, prices for a basic subscription to the Internet, on either coaxial or fiber technology, start at approximately $25 per month.
Unlike other equally developed EU countries, Denmark benefits from a considerably more advanced Internet infrastructure, which is a somewhat paradoxical characteristic, considering that almost the entire industry, while private, is virtually owned by a single ISP, called TDC. All other companies basically rent themselves onto TDC’s network.
The continuous advancement of the infrastructure also reflects in the quality of the local hosting industry. By reviewing some of the most popular hosting providers in the country, we have determined that prices for basic Shared, VPS and Dedicated plans start at roughly $3, $45 and $60 respectively; it should be noted that most of these companies offer subscriptions starting from a minimum period of 6 months. Plans seem to offer good value for money, comprising moderate features.
There are many ISPs in Denmark, including TDC, Telenor, Telia, Stofa, Waoo, Nianet, and Gigabit. TDC used to be state-owned, but has since been privatized.
Although the Internet market seems highly fragmented, there is, in fact, a single company which owns the entire market, called TDC. The aforementioned companies basically rent themselves onto TDC’s network. This is a fact known by virtually everyone living in Denmark, which is why most of them prefer opting for TDC’s services in the detriment of other ‘leasing’ companies, for the sake of saving money.
Although the Danish Internet industry is led by a single company, customers benefit from a wider and more advanced array of next-gen services compared to other EU countries, which is why Denmark is viewed as a somewhat peculiar country when it comes to Internet access.
Much in the same way as some ISPs from other EU countries have fair usage policies put in place to prevent “exaggerated data consumption”, so do Danish ISPs, only that they do not explicitly mention it. Generally, if you use hundreds of GBs per month, you are bound to either have your subscription cancelled or incur additional fees.
Some ISPs force potential customers into subscribing to a minimum period of 6 months for all their services. This could also explain why most Danish hosts, in turn, force their customers into subscribing to long-term contracts.
The Danish government is not known to act against the Internet in any way, and no laws have been passed to this effect until now. Users are not prohibited access to political or social content, or web sites that provide Internet tools (e.g. web hosting, e-mail, search engines, translation, etc.). The only known limitation to the Internet revolves around sites that illegally distribute copyrighted content. In a 2008 civil lawsuit, a high court ordered all ISPs to block access to websites such as The Pirate Bay or Isohunt. Everyone that accesses the Internet in Denmark has to make use of proxies or VPNs as a workaround to this limitation.