Mapping broadband in Iceland

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2012 - 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 Point Topic shows Iceland is now over 54% towards achieving that aim.

National coverage by broadband technology

Iceland mostly matched the European Union averages for standard and NGA broadband coverage measures, although at the end of 2012 it had no NGA services available to its rural households.

Few rural areas can be as hard to reach as those of Iceland. The country has a population density of 3.1 people per km sq, with the majority of the population in Reykjavik and other towns. Iceland therefore faces unique challenges in reaching its whole population with broadband and particularly high-speed broadband.

Iceland broadband coverage by technology combination

Iceland broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2012

At the end of 2012, Iceland had no cable network. Its DSL and HSPA coverage matched the European average overall, and exceeded their average in rural areas.

The VDSL and FTTP networks in Iceland are advanced, with both networks covering around 45% of households in 2012. But these networks mostly overlap, and the overall NGA coverage in Iceland was just over 54%. Iceland had no LTE services at the end of 2012, and it is one of only four countries in the study without commercially available satellite broadband services.

Both VDSL and FTTP coverage grew significantly in 2012. VDSL coverage grew by nearly 25 percentage points, whilst FTTP coverage gre by 7p.p.. In total, however, NGA coverage grew by only 10p.p. – the networks were extended in areas that already had NGA coverage.

Iceland total broadband coverage by technology

Iceland total broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Iceland rural broadband coverage by technology

Iceland rural broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Regional coverage by broadband technology

There was no NGA coverage in rural areas in Iceland at the end of 2012. The country consists of two NUTS 3 areas – one comprising the capital city Reykjavik, and the other the rest of the country. The capital predictably had higher coverage of both standard fixed and NGA broadbandgiven the extreme rural nature of the rest of the country – by far the most thinly populated area covered by the study.

Iceland standard broadband coverage map

Iceland standard broadband coverage map

Iceland NGA broadband coverage map

Iceland NGA broadband coverage map

Data tables for Iceland

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 tim.johnson@point-topic.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

 

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