Media & Communications

Cellphones in Norway

Stay connected in Norway with our guide to the media, TV, internet and mobile phones.

Media

Press freedom is well established in Norway and dates back to the signing of the national constitution in 1814. Reporters Without Borders ranks Norway second only to Finland in the Worldwide Press Freedom Index. Although the majority of the Norwegian press is privately owned and self-regulated, the state does provide support. National broadcaster NRK runs a national and local news service on the TV, radio and web.

TV & Internet

The biggest cable TV providers in Norway are Canal Digital (cable and satellite) and GET‘s cable service. The government-owned NRK run several TV stations, radio, podcasts and web content, with the TV2 network providing the main competition. Here's our complete guide to the TV service in Norway, and you can read our Norwegian television blog to find out the latest news.

The Internet in Norway had its beginnings as far back as 1971, in fact the country was the first non-English speaking country to hook up. The top-level domain for Norwegian websites is .no, although some websites prefer to use an international identifier such as .com. In 2015, the Oslo District Court ordered ISPs to block domains belonging to seven major file-sharing websites, including the Pirate Bay.

Norway, along with its Nordic neighbours, is increasingly pitching itself as an ideal location for large-scale data centres. Tax incentives along with the possibility of natural cooling have attracted major internet companies like Apple and Facebook to Scandinavia. In 2017, plans were announced build the world's biggest data centre in Nordland.

Major ISPs that provide home broadband services in Norway include Telenor, NextGenTel, Tele2, Ventelo, and Altibox. Cable internet providers include Canal Digital and Get. According to a global leader in connection testing, Norway has the fastest mobile internet in the world at an average speed of 52.6 Mbps.

Norway’s telecoms giants have invested billions of kroner in 4G technology over the last few years, an investment that seems to have paid off. For a mobile broadband contract, we recommend Ice.net, Norway’s third largest provider of mobile broadband services. Their mobile data subscriptions all come with data rollover and free use across the EU.

Mobile Phones

The use of mobile phones is so prevalent in Norway today that it's more common than not for people not to have a landline. Even some businesses rely exclusively on cellphones for their communications needs. For a great deal on a new mobile phone contract, we recommend Ice.net, Norway’s third largest provider of mobile broadband services. Their mobile data subscriptions all come with data rollover and free use across the EU.

Radio

Norway made headlines around the world in 2017 by becoming the first country to go fully digital with its radio output. The variety of stations is now huge, and even includes a Spanish language music station. State broadcaster NRK dominates the radio output with several channels of news, talk and music. Many of their programmes are also released as on-demand podcasts, which serve as a great way to improve your Norwegian language comprehension. Read more: Radio in Norway.

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