Norway’s Altibox has announced plans to begin the rollout of 1Gbps superfast broadband services in Hjelmeland in the Ryfylke district. Initially the operator aims to connect public buildings such as the town hall, schools and care centres in the municipality, following which all 2,800 residents, 1,000 cabin owners and businesses in the area will be offered the top-end fibre-based connections. The first connections are expected to be made in the first half of 2014, while Altibox has said that anybody wanting a 1Gbps service should have access to such connectivity by 2016.
Commenting on the development, Stian Roisland, CEO of Lyse Fiber AS, which is one of Altibox’s regional partners and the company responsible for the rollout of the fibre infrastructure in the municipality, noted that the test rollout will allow for the examination of user behaviour and the deployment of municipal services, among other things, with Hjelmeland to be used as a ‘laboratory’ for the rollout of high-speed broadband in Norway.
The Hjelmeland municipality is understood to have invested NOK3 million (USD500,000) in the pilot, while Lyse has reportedly spent around NOK10 million.