Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced details of the projects that will benefit from this year’s broadband expansion grants. In a press release the Nkom confirmed that it is allocating funds to 40 projects across 17 counties, with a total investment of NOK138.9 million (USD17.9 million) expected to benefit around 13,700 households. According to the regulator, it received applications for funding from 142 projects, which were seeking a combined total of NOK589 million.
As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in February 2016 the Nkom revealed a change in the weighting of the criteria for receiving broadband support under its annual scheme, confirming there would be ‘more emphasis on applications in areas that do not have basic broadband coverage’. In terms of last year’s funding, 30 projects covering around 9,200 premises were selected as the recipients for state funds.