Mapping broadband coverage in Iceland

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2011 - key results for Iceland

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by broadband specialists Point Topic shows Iceland is now half way towards achieving that aim.

Download report – Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2011 – Iceland

National coverage by broadband technology – Iceland

Iceland broadband coverage by technology combination - BCE 2011

Iceland broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2011

Iceland is ahead of the European averages for Standard broadband and HSPA, both Total and Rural, and up with the average for Total NGA.  But it is some way behind the 12% average for Rural NGA with only 4.4%.  Few rural areas can be as hard to reach as those of Iceland, which has a far lower population density than any of the other study countries at 3.1 persons persquare kilometer.  Moreover,   63% of the population lives in Reykjavik and other towns, so the remainder is very thinly spread.

Iceland broadband coverage map

Iceland broadband coverage map

Nevertheless, the country has good DSL and HSPA coverage, both at 97%.  WiMAX makes an average contribution, mainly in rural districts.   Iceland is also in the upper part of the list as far as FTTP (39%) and VDSL (23%) are concerned.  These have to provide all the NGA coverage because there is no cable network.  LTE is not yet present either.  Iceland is also one of the countries where KA-band coverage is not available although data connections can be provided via earlier-generation satellites.

All this presents a considerable challenge for rural NGA coverage which is only 4.4%, met entirely by FTTP at present.

Broadband maps for Iceland

Iceland has two NUTS 3 areas, one comprising the capital city, Reykyavik, and the other the rest of the country.  The capital has 99.7% standard broadband coverage and the rest of the country is not far behind on 96%.

The picture is quite different with NGA.  Here the capital also has a high figure, 77% but the rest of the country, by far the most thinly populated area covered by the study, is only on 4%.

Find out more

Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

Data tables for Iceland


Statistic National
Population 315,459
Persons per household 2.544
Rural proportion 36.6%

Coverage by technology

Technology Total Rural
DSL 96.8% 91.2%
VDSL 22.6% 0.0%
FTTP 38.7% 4.4%
WiMAX 4.0% 11.0%
Standard cable 0.0% 0.0%
Docsis 3 cable 0.0% 0.0%
HSPA 96.8% 91.2%
LTE 0.0% 0.0%
Satellite 0.0% 0.0%
Standard Combination 98.3% 95.4%
NGA Combination 50.0% 4.4%



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