Altibox to run at 400 Mbps

Norwegian IPTV operation Altibox has announced plans to offer bi-directional internet speeds of 400 Mbps.

“With new technology it is possible to push the boundaries in the direction of this speed,” said managing director Eirik Gundegjerde. “We have also developed a new home centre that will be ready for delivery to our customers at the same time as the new Internet speed.”

The new fibre-based service will be in addition to the current options of 10 Mbps, 30 Mbps and 50 Mbps. Pricing for the new 400 Mbps top speed has yet to be announced.

Gundegjerde explained that with the average HD movie requiring bandwidth equivalent to that of visiting 35,000 it was necessary for the company to be at the forefront of innovation. Traffic on the Altibox network is increasing at the rate of 40% per year, in line with analysis from Cisco Systems.

Run by a confederation of fibre-optic suppliers, Altibox has 170,000 connected customers across Norway and a further 10,000 in Denmark.