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 has the fastest mobile internet connection in the world, followed by the Netherlands, Hungary, Singapore and Malta. Users from Australia, the UAE, South Korea, Belgium and Iceland also enjoy fast mobile internet as their countries make the top ten.
Measured by users
Ookla run Speedtest.net, a service which allows users from all over the world to find out the speed of their internet connection. Their statistics show that the average internet connection speed of Norwegian mobile phones has increased by 69 percent during the last year. The average speed is given at 52.6 megabits per second.
Just twelve months ago, Norway was ranked 13th, so it's quite a jump. According to media reports, the increase in speed is down to Telenor increasing the speed for personal subscriptions in September last year. Telenor is one of Norway's three top-tier mobile providers that build and run their own networks.
Investment in mobile tech
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. At the end of last month, Telenor mobiles enjoyed an average download speed of 58.6 Mbps. Cellphones from Telenor's rival Telia had an average speed of 45.9 Mbps.
Scandinavia is a hotspot for mobile internet both in terms of infrastructure and mobile payment functionality. Swedish mining operators were experimenting with 5G technology back in 2015. A project designed to improve productivity and safety in a traditionally dangerous environment saw a development system of new and existing technologies used to remotely control a Volvo truck within the mine. Mobile payment technology is catching on fast as the Nordic countries move towards a cashless society.
The service also measures static broadband speed but Norway fails to make the top ten in the latest rankings. Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Iceland and Romania top the list. Norway's Scandinavian neighbours Sweden lie 8th in the rankings, with an average download speed of 73.66 Mbps.