The number of internet-connected devices in Norwegian households has risen by 50% over the last 12 months.
A survey conducted on behalf of the trade body Kabel Norge found that of the 9 million devices connected to the Internet, 3 million had been acquired in the last year. Some homes have as many as 20 connected devices. Just 1% have no connected devices at all, according to the survey of 1,000 people.
Kabel Norge has registered an enormous increase in broadband usage; during the past years the traffic has grown by 60 per cent. Fresh statistics from Norstat show that there has been a comparable increase in the amount of devices connected to the Internet.
39% state that their households contain one or two devices that are connected to the Internet; 38% report three to five devices, and 17% between six and ten devices.
“The survey indicates that 88 000 Norwegian households contain more than 11 Internet-connected devices – and 22 000 of them have close to 20 such devices. The typical Norwegian home is now almost as complex as a small IT-company,” says Chairman of the Board of Kabel Norge, Øyvind Husby. “We believe a large portion of the growth we are seeing arises from smart-phones and tablets and the fact that our usage patterns are changing. We are consuming an increasing amount of services such as video over Internet that consume more bandwidth.”
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