According to Akamai’s Q3 2016 State of the Internet report, Norway has an average connection speed of 20.1 Mbps and an average peak connection speed of 55.9 Mbps, placing the country on the 2nd spot in the world, after South Korea, and first in Europe.
According to the 2015 census, Norway has a population of roughly 5,3 million. Nearly 5,05 million are connected to the Internet, which gives the country an impressive Internet penetration rate of 95.1%, among the highest in the entire European Union.
The Internet infrastructure primarily consists of broadband connections. There are two important such connections in Norway, namely ADSL and Cable.
The industry experiences fast-paced advancement owing to the fact it belongs to the private sector. The market is highly divided between a few ISPs. The most important market leaders are Telenor, NextGenTel and Ventelo. Telenor owns most of the lines, and is the most popular provider for both private individuals and businesses.
The competition between these ISPs is very fierce. As such, prices vary from company to company. According to latest data provided by Numbeo, one should expect to pay anywhere between the equivalent of $30 to $40 per month for a basic ADSL or cable subscription in local currency (NOK). Prices can go higher if the client opts for quicker and more reliable connections, such as ADSL2+, where prices can go as high as $50 per month.
In spite of the relatively high and disadvantageous cost, one particular positive characteristic that is not to be found in many countries is that ISPs do not tie customers to yearly subscriptions. Month-to-month, no-strings-attached type of subscriptions do exist and are popular among the local clientele.
The Norwegian web hosting industry also keeps pace with the advancement of the Internet industry. By analyzing some of the most prominent Norwegian hosting providers on the market, we’ve determined that offers are diverse, well-defined and cater to many budgets. Prices for core hosting services such as Shared, VPS and Dedicated Hosting usually start at $5, $20 and $150 per month respectively. However, select companies offer better deals, prices for the same services starting at $2, $10 and $90 per month respectively. Features included in subsequent plans are capped to specific limits as opposed to their being offered on an “unmetered” basis, but are resourceful enough for small and medium-sized websites, as a general rule.
The market is divided between a few ISPs. Important names include Telenor, NextGenTel and Ventelo. Telenor is the company which basically pulls all the strings. However, in recent years, the market has shown signs of evening out owing to the fact that the competition between ISPs is very fierce, each trying to steal clients from the others as much as possible. It would also explain why some providers offer month-to-month subscriptions as opposed to tying clients to yearly subscriptions, as seen in other countries.
As pointed out above, prices for a basic ADSL or Cable connection to the Internet start at $40 per month. Depending on how quick you want the connection to be, it can go up to $50 per month for ADSL2+ subscriptions. Given the fact that Norway is currently the second country in the world in terms of Internet speeds, according to Akamai’s latest State of the Internet report, it should be expected for prices to be at par with the quality of the infrastructure.
The Norwegian law provides for freedom of speech and press, and the government respects these rights in practice. The government is not known to interfere in the private matters of Norwegian net surfers, unless the activity is suspicious enough to trigger intervention of competent legal authorities. However, the country is pretty strict when it comes to copyright-related felonies. On 1 September 2015, the Oslo District Court demanded that all ISPs block domains belonging to seven major file-sharing websites which are known to illegally distribute copyrighted content, including The Pirate Bay and IsoHunt. More recently, on 22 June 2016, a second order was made, blocking an additional eight file-sharing websites that fall in the same category as the aforementioned ones.