Govt presents broadband bill to parliament

16 Dec 2019

The Norwegian government has presented a bill to parliament which aims to facilitate the development of high speed broadband networks and implement the EU’s Broadband Development Directive (although Norway is not part of the EU). The legislation looks to make the deployment of infrastructure faster and cheaper by encouraging cooperation in construction efforts and promoting joint utilisation of existing networks. The law would contribute to the rapid rollout of 5G networks, which require a greater density of base stations, the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation (Kommunal- og moderniseringsdepartementet, KMD) noted in a press release. Digitisation Minister Nikolai Astrup, meanwhile, added that the bill would help the government achieve its target of 90% coverage of high speed broadband by the end of 2020. Separately, sector watchdog National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has been granted funding to establish a central information service to get an overview of existing network infrastructure and planned construction work.