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Internet in Norway

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Internet in Norway

The Internet in Norway had its beginnings in 1971 when Norway became the first non-English speaking country on the net. In 1971 NORSAR (Norwegian Seismic Array) at Kjeller just outside of Oslo was connected by satellite to the SDAC (Seismic Data Analysis Center) in Virginia, US as part of ARPANET[1] in order to monitor nuclear test-ban treaties with the Soviet Union.


  • Top-level domain 1
  • Users 2
  • Broadband access 3
    • ADSL 3.1
    • Cable 3.2
  • Internet censorship 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Top-level domain

municipalities and schools. The strict regulations have resulted in near-absence of cybersquatting and warehousing.[5]


In 2013, almost 100% of the Norwegian population had access to the Internet.[6][7]

Broadband access

In 2012, Norway ranked 44th out of 193 countries with 1,736,182 fixed broadband Internet subscriptions giving 36.9 subscriptions per 100 population (10th in the world).[8] Also in 2012, Norway ranked 42nd out of 147 countries with 3,983,527 mobile broadband Internet subscriptions giving 84.6 subscriptions per 100 population (8th in the world).[9]

Lyse, Norway, with an average measured connection speed of 8.1 Mbit/s, is the fastest city in Europe according to a 2011 report from Akamai.[10]


ADSL became available to private consumers around late 2000. Depending on the provider, offered speeds range from 512/128 kbit/s to as high as 8/1 Mbit/s for ADSL, while ADSL2+ is slowly becoming available with speeds reaching up to 24/1.5 Mbit/s. Fiber is also almost in every city in Norway now speeds ranging from 2/2 Mbit/s up to 1000/1000 Mbit/s (the fastest available consumer line, only available in Drammen). Prices vary constantly due to fierce competition between providers, but prices can be found as low as 195 NOK (US$30) per month for the most basic ADSL connections, while ADSL2+ is somewhat higher, starting around 499,-(NextGenTel) NOK (US$82) per month. This is in addition to DSL equipment rental and installation fees.

Some major ISPs that provide DSL services in Norway:

  • Telenor -
  • NextGenTel -
  • Tele2 -
  • Ventelo -
  • Altibox -

There is also a flurry of smaller and local providers all over the country that offer competitive DSL services.

  • Nordcall Bredbånd -
  • Mimer Bredbånd -
  • Eidsiva Bredbånd -


Cable Internet access was available before DSL access, starting around 2000.

Cable ISPs:

  • Get (formerly known as UPC/Chello) -
  • Canal Digital -
  • And many other SMATV networks such as BOF AS -

Triple play solutions over optical fiber are increasing in availability and popularity.

As November 2012, all known services include unlimited download with no restrictions.

Internet censorship

The constitution and law provide for freedom of speech and press, and the government generally respects these rights in practice. An independent press, an effective judiciary, and a functioning democratic political system combine to ensure freedom of speech and of the press. The law prohibits “threatening or insulting anyone, or inciting hatred or repression of or contempt for anyone because of his or her: a) skin color or national or ethnic origin, b) religion or life stance, or c) homosexuality, lifestyle, or orientation.” Violators are subject to a fine or imprisonment not to exceed three years. However, the law is little used. There are no government restrictions on access to the Internet or credible reports that the government monitors e-mail or Internet chat rooms without appropriate legal authority.[11]

The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) found no evidence of Internet filtering in Norway in 2009.[12] There is no individual ONI country profile for Norway, but it is included in the regional overview for the Nordic Countries.[13]

Norway's major Internet service providers have a DNS filter which blocks access to sites authorities claim are known to provide child pornography,[14] similar to Denmark's filter. A list claimed to be the Norwegian DNS blacklist was published at Wikileaks in March 2009.[15] The minister of justice, Knut Storberget, sent a letter dated 29 August 2008 threatening ISPs with a law compelling them to use the filter should they refuse to do so voluntarily.[16]

On 2 September 2015 the Oslo District Court forced ISPs to block domains belonging to 7 major file-sharing websites, The Pirate Bay being among them, as the first court order in Norwegian history to block websites not related to child pornography. [17]

See also


  1. ^ "ARPANET Maps 1969 to 1977". Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Historien om .no" (Norwegian) ("Norid History"), Uninett. Retrieved 18 September 2013. (English translation)
  3. ^ "Key figures", Norid, Uninett. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Domains within .no", Norid, Uninett, 24 January 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Domain name Policy for .no", Norid, Uninett, 13 May 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Norwegian media barometer 2011 - We watch more television".  
  7. ^ "Percentage of Individuals using the Internet 2000-2012", International Telecommunications Union (Geneva), June 2013, retrieved 22 June 2013
  8. ^ "Fixed (wired)-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 2012", Dynamic Report, ITU ITC EYE, International Telecommunication Union. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Active mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 2012", Dynamic Report, ITU ITC EYE, International Telecommunication Union. Retrieved on 29 June 2013.
  10. ^ "State of the Internet: What are the fastest cities in the world", Om Malik, Gigacom, 25 July 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Norway", Country reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State, 2012, retrieved 18 June 2013
  12. ^ OpenNet Initiative "Summarized global Internet filtering data spreadsheet", 29 October 2012, the OpenNet Initiative is a collaborative partnership of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; and the SecDev Group, Ottawa
  13. ^ "ONI Regional Overview: Nordic Countries", OpenNet Initiative, March 2010
  14. ^ "Barnepornofilter (Child Porn Filter: Telenor has launched KRIPOS filter against child pornography on the Internet)(Norwegian)". Archived from the original on 15 January 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  15. ^ "Norwegian secret internet censorship blacklist, 3518 domains, 18 Mar 2009".  
  16. ^ "Norway's Knut Storberget tells ISPs to deploy secret censorship lists", Wikileaks, 29 August 2008.
  17. ^ [], Torrentfreak, 2 September 2015.

External links

  • Norwegian Internet Exchange (NIX) page at the University of Oslo (UiO).
  • Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority, official website (Norwegian), English version.
  • A list of prices and features of all Norwegian telecommunications service providers, including broadband providers, maintained by the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority.
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