Ookla: ‘Telenor has the fastest mobile network in the world’

(Fornebu, 28 August 2018) Telenor Norway has the fastest mobile network in the world, according to Ookla, which analyses the speeds from tests conducted by mobile customers.

Published: 28 August 2018 17:00

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If you have ever tried to check the speed of your broadband or mobile Internet connection you have most probably used Speedtest® by Ookla®. Recent measurements in Q2 2018 carried out using the Speedtest app show that Telenor has the world’s fastest mobile network.

Doug Suttles, CEO of Ookla, commented on the result, saying:

”When considering the sheer number of networks on any continent, let alone on the whole planet, this accomplishment is truly staggering. Telenor Norway has set the standard that other mobile operators should strive for.”

Also reflecting on the achievement, President and Telenor Group CEO, Sigve Brekke, noted:

“Fast and reliable connectivity is the foundation of our digital societies. So much of our customers’ lives rely on being connected. We’re really proud of Telenor Norway being recognized for running not only Norway’s, but the world’s fastest mobile network. It’s a feat of skill, experience and commitment, and I commend Berit Svendsen and her talented team for such a great achievement.”

Genuine measurements from genuine users

Approximately 120,000 speed tests were carried out in Norway during the second quarter this year. The fact that Telenor’s mobile customers themselves have tested the speed under conditions they normally use their mobile phones, makes these tests extra valuable and reliable. The average speed from all of these measurements is then compared with corresponding numbers from other mobile operators around the world. In the measurements from Ookla, Telenor’s customers achieved download speeds of 72.05 Mbps. Telenor’s population coverage for 4G in Norway is now 99.4 per cent.

Berit Svendsen, CEO of Telenor Norway and EVP of Telenor’s Scandinavia Cluster, said that the result is a milestone in Norwegian mobile history and serves as a powerful source of inspiration.

”We’re talking about millions of measurements conducted in almost every country on the planet. We are particularly proud of the results taking into consideration that Norwegian mobile users live in a long and narrow country with a challenging topography. We have followed our ambitious expansion plans and we will continue to do so,” said Svendsen.

Customers pushing

Norway is broken up by high mountains and deep fjords. At the same time, Norwegians build their homes and cabins well off the beaten track but still have the same high expectations when it comes to mobile coverage. This makes the expansion of coverage a challenging task.

Berit Svendsen believes that ambitious goals, a unique roll-out strategy and long-term investment are the reasons why Telenor’s mobile network in Norway is the best in the world.

”Our customers are pushing us to give them the best mobile experience possible –  they expect services to work consistently  regardless of where they happen to be. Telenor invests more than NOK 4 billion into its network on an annual basis.  Our expert teams have been working very hard on the 4G upgrade which is almost complete, and we are well underway with our preparations for 5G. The mobile adventure continues,” Svendsen concluded.


Anders Krokan, Acting Communications Director, Telenor Norway, mob: + 47 952 09 037,