Over the past few months demand for high-speed Internet based on ADSL has increased substantially. Today, 25 000 consumers have ADSL and this is an increase of 14 000 since the end of September. Telenor Plus has delivered ADSL to customers in all Norwegian counties and by the end of the year half of all Telenor's telephony customers will have access to ADSL.
ADSL stands for Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line, and is a broadband subscription using the existing phone lines, delivered with speeds up to 1 Mbit/s.
During the year since Telenor launched ADSL for the consumer market a large-scale development programme has been implemented all over the country. On average, one central per day has been readied for ADSL and Telenor now offers ADSL to more than one hundred Norwegian local authorities. By the end of the year, half of Telenor’s telephony customers can get ADSL. This means Telenor is ahead of its development schedule.
This autumn Telenor Plus launched an ADSL DIY solution that is now in great demand.
A continued development on the content side also means that more and more customers want faster Internet based on this technology.
The first ADSL customers were mainly younger high-volume Internet users. “This autumn we have seen a shift in the customer basis. More and more families with teenagers now want ADSL. A faster Internet connection is still the most important advantage of ADSL, but the new content services with added entertainment value are important to these families,” said managing director of Telenor Plus, Telephony & Internet, Knut Haakon Nilsen.
Telenor Plus also delivers other broadband services to the consumer market. Telenor Avidi offers high-speed Internet to their customers through cable TV. In addition we are in the process of testing a wide range of new broadband solutions both via the phone line, the TV- cable, radio links and satellite.
About Telenor Plus AS
Telenor Plus is one of four main business areas in the Telenor Group. Telenor Plus offers communication solutions within fixed-line telephony, Internet and broadband, in addition to TV and interactive services geared towards the consumer market. Telenor Plus has in excess of 3200 employees and consists of the four divisions Broadcast, Content & Interactive Services, Telephony and Internet and Customer Care.
About Telenor ASA:
Telenor is an international provider of high quality telecommunications, data and media communication services, with a particularly strong focus on mobile, IP-based and broadband services. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, the company is present in 30 countries, with a turn-over of approx. NOK 37.6 billion and a work-force of 20,200 man-years domestically and abroad in 2000. Internationally, Telenor is steadily increasing its investments internationally, constantly providing its worldwide customers with leading-edge solutions at competitive prices. Telenor is listed at the Oslo Stock Exchange (TEL) and Nasdaq in New York (TELN).