The Norwegian information and communications technology (ICT) industry has become the newest national flagship. The industry comprises a wide variety of innovative, high-tech companies in telecommunications, ICT hardware and software, industrial electronics and consultancy services.
Norway is one of the top per-capita users of ICT in the world, with an infrastructure that includes a well-developed system of land-earth stations, fibreoptic cable networks and digital transmission. The Norwegian communications network capacity is rapidly expanding, and the telecommunications sector has generated a growing assembly of internationally competitive companies, as well as a sizeable research community. The range of products available includes satellite communication systems, global positioning systems, mobile phone systems, network management systems, transmission systems and fibreoptic technologies.
Innovative Norwegian hardware designers have devised a variety of specialized products, such as videoconferencing systems, multimedia projectors, digital radio transmitters, tape-based data storage solutions, point-of-sale credit card terminals and power supply units.
Norway’s software revolution was fuelled by advancements in its traditional industries – petroleum, shipping and fisheries. The needs of these sectors and their ability to create and pay for technically advanced, cost-saving solutions have spurred the development of innovative software and integrated systems. The ICT industry has generated a host of companies supplying software and modular solutions to virtually every commercial and public sector, including systems for data, customer relations, and administrative and financial management. Norwegian companies have also carried out pioneering efforts in the fields of telemedicine and remote learning.
Use of the Internet is widespread in Norway, and continues to increase at a rapid pace. Norwegian companies are at the forefront of Internet technologies, including the development of multifunctional corporate Web and Intranet sites, superfast Web browsers, online games and e-commerce solutions.