Broadband Development Act passed by Norwegian authorities

12 May 2020

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced that the Broadband Development Act was passed by the government last week and will enter into force on 1 July 2020. In a press release confirming the development, the regulator noted that the new Act implements EU Directive 2014/61 (‘on measures to reduce the cost of deploying high speed electronic communications networks’) into Norwegian law.

On the back of the new regulations, Nkom has confirmed it will establish a central information service designed to oversee and resolve any disputes that may arise between service providers over access to physical infrastructure. According to the Nkom, work is already underway in this regard, with it noting that it is working on the establishment of a map-based web portal that will provide an overview of owners of existing physical infrastructure suitable for the transmission of broadband. This portal, which is expected to become available by the start of 2021, will also contain information on planned construction work by geographical area.