OSLO, Norway, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Norway's west coast is set to become the site of Altibox's first
installation of the next generation of high-speed broadband. In the
district of Hjelmeland households, holiday home owners, local
government offices, public service providers, and businesses, will be
offered a fiber-optic network with a speed of 1,000 Mb/s (1 Gb/s).
Installation has already begun in the fjord and mountain district. The
first customers will be online by the first half of 2014. The objective
is for everyone in the district who wants a fiber-optic network
connection to have one installed by the end of 2016.
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With its widely-spaced buildings, Hjelmeland is perhaps one of the most
challenging districts in Norway in which to install a fiber-optic
network, according to Chairman of the Board, Toril Nag of Altibox.
"This project will set a new standard for what it is possible to
achieve when local government, local residents and the service provider
all work towards a common goal. In our assessment, there are currently
only a few households that are situated so far from the trunk cable
that it would not make economic sense to invest in a fiber connection."
This combination of terrain, number of inhabitants and lack of existing
high-speed broadband service makes the district an interesting test
case for how fiber optics can create change. "Altibox will closely
monitor developments in the district. We will be looking at user
behaviour, the rollout of council services, use of holiday homes,
contribution to business development and exploitation of new learning
channels for the inhabitants. Hjelmeland will be a 'laboratory' for
high-speed broadband in Norway," said Chairman of the Board, Toril Nag
of Altibox, which is responsible for installing the fiber-optic
network. Everybody in Norway with a fiber-optic network from Altibox
will eventually have access to the same speeds that the residents of
Hjelmeland are now being offered.
Gigabit greets the future
The Norwegian government's stated target is for everyone in Norway to
have access to broadband of at least 100 Mb/s by 2017. The EU's goal is
that 50 % of subscribers have a broadband speed above 100 Mb/s by 2020.
The residents of Hjelmeland will be offered 1000 Mb/s, which is ten
times faster and also called 1 Gb/s. With the new network, Hjelmeland
will help the government to meet its target for broadband coverage, and
can help ensure that other objectives are reached in areas such as
healthcare, education and the provision of local authority services.
"We are building for the future. Analyses performed by Google show that
a Gigabit (Gb) capacity will be necessary to meet tomorrow's increased
requirement for simultaneous streaming on several units, improved
digital picture quality, health and welfare technology, transport and
smarter public services," said Chairman of the Board, Toril Nag of
The district will be the first larger geographic area to be equipped
with infrastructure offering the new standard of fiber-optic speeds.
Public buildings, like the town hall, schools and social care centres
in the district will be the first to be connected. After that, almost
all of Hjelmeland's 2,800 residents, around 1,000 holiday home owners
and all local businesses will be offered connection to the fiber-optic
network. For approximately 120 Euros per month the residents of
Hjelmeland will be offered 1000 Mb/s internet, TV services and
Smart-house technology and new self-help solutions
Local government buildings, the first homes and selected businesses will
join the network during the first half of 2014.
"We can look forward to an incredibly exciting year. We believe that the
installation of the most advanced data-communications infrastructure in
Norway will make us an even more attractive area to live in for people
of all ages. In the long-term, for example, the fiber-optic network
could enable our older residents to live at home for longer, with the
help of smart-house technology and new self-help solutions," said
Hjelmeland's mayor, Trine Danielsen.
"In addition, the new fiber-optic network will boost business
development throughout the district, and provide a strong platform on
which to build for both existing business enterprises and brand new
ones," she added.
Fiber-optic networks are the fastest, most stable and modern type of
broadband infrastructure. Fiber-optic broadband has near limitless
capacity, data is transmitted at the speed of light, up and downloading
speeds are the same, and dedicated fiber-optic lines to each household
mean that customers are not affected by their neighbours' use.
Fiber-optic cable also has another advantage: long reach. As copper
cables get farther away from a telephone exchange there is a dramatic
drop off in performance and reliability. With fiber-optic cables that
problem is eliminated.
According to Cisco, global internet traffic will exceed 1.4 zettabytes
(1.4 sextillion bytes) per year in 2017, a three-fold increase from the
volume of traffic in 2012. The number of units connected to the net
will be three times higher than the earth's entire population.
Altibox will acquire approximately 40,000 new customers in 2013. More
than 330,000 households now have fiber-optic networks and services
provided by Altibox and its partners.
For further information:
Toril Nag, Chairman of the Board, Altibox: +47-934-88-888
Lars Rasdal, Press Officer, Altibox: +47-934-88-142
Trine Danielsen, Mayor of Hjelmeland District Council: +47-404-39-010