Icelandic PTA says fibre connectivity continues to gain ground from xDSL in H1

Tuesday 14 November 2017 | 13:39 CET | News

Iceland's Post and Telecom Administration (PTA) has published its 'Statistics on the Icelandic Telecommunications Market -- The first half of 2017'. On 30 June, there were 130,131 internet subscriptions in the country, up from 124,955 on the same date in 2016.

Of the internet connections, 79,521 were xDSL lines, down from 86,705 in H1 2016. PTA said 49,602 were fibre internet lines, up from 37,369 a year earlier. There were 988 (845) wireless radio connections on 30 June and 20 were satellite connections, down from 36.

PTA said there were 319,009 mobile broadband subscriptions that included both voice and data services, up from 288,414 a year earlier. Nova accounted for 40.7 percent of the market, Siminn for 31.2 percent, Vodafone for 22.4 percent and 365 for 3.7 percent.

The number of data-only subscriptions had risen from 47,953 on 30 June 2016 to 52,005. Looking at both standard mobile and data-only mobile subscriptions together, mobile data traffic surged from 7.16 million GB to 10.94 million GB.

PTA said that 34.8 percent of internet subscriptions offered a service at between 50 Mbps and 100 Mbps, with 33.5 percent providing internet at 100-500 Mbps. Meanwhile, 8.1 percent of lines are between 500 Mbps and 1 Gbps, and 10.3 percent at beyond 1 Gbps.

The number of fixed telephony lines in Iceland declined from 134,382 on 30 June 2016 to 132,669 this year, with Siminn accounting for 64.5 percent of the market, Vodafone for 22.9 percent, and 365 for 7.8 percent.

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