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Denmark: Fixed broadband 100% by 2020

March 20, 2020

Denmark’s fixed broadband penetration of the population will reach 39 per cent by 2024, supported by its National Broadband Strategy. The country is close to delivering its targets, with fixed broadband coverage approaching 100 per cent of households – up from 92 per cent in 2018, says GlobalData, a data and analytics company.

Sergej Gavrilov, Telecoms Market Data and Intelligence Analyst at GlobalData, commented: “Denmark decided to remain technology-neutral in delivering its broadband targets, however, a lot of fixed broadband development revolves around fibre.

“To further stimulate the expansion of 100Mbps broadband, the Ministry of Energy, Power and Climate of Denmark established a $15 million fund in May 2019. The fund is mainly aimed at providing 100Mbps broadband to underserved areas with low population density, where connectivity does not exceed 10Mbps down- and 2Mbps uplink.

“In line with Denmark’s fixed broadband strategy and telcos’ network expansions, fixed-broadband lines in the country are expected to reach 2.3 million by 2024 with fibre lines surpassing the one million mark by the end of forecast period.”

In November 2019, the COBRA fibre cable interconnecting Endrup (Denmark) and Eemshaven (the Netherlands) was launched. The cable brings additional capacity for commercial purposes. In June 2019, telecom operator TDC announced that its NetCo (Network Company) is forming a joint venture with Nordkysten, a construction company, to deploy fibre in Zealand (a region in the Netherlands). Several months earlier, Telenor signed a wholesale agreement with OpenNet, the wholesale arm of utility company Eniig, to provide broadband services over OpenNet’s fibre network. The scope of the agreement covers over 300,000 households in Northern and Central Jutland.

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