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Nkom starts realising plans to improve Norwegian network robustness

Friday 12 January 2018 | 12:25 CET | News

The Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communication said that it has commissioned telecoms regulator Nkom to start realising the government's plan to ensure the construction of new, international fibre cables. The plans are provided for in the 2018 budget and aim to improve the security and robustness of Norway's digital infrastructure.

Currently, nearly all Norwegian data traffic travels from Oslo via Sweden and Denmark. To reduce vulnerability, NOK 40 million has been earmarked in the 2018 national budget for overseas and cross-border cables, with up to another NOK 60 million ring-fenced for the scheme.

The ministry is asking Nkom to expand the framework of financial grants for security and crisis preparations on telecoms networks, so that the framework includes the establishment of fibre lines to other countries. It is also telling the telecoms watchdog to consider obliging major operators to send more of their internet traffic on routes other than via Oslo and Sweden. Nkom will also assess whether other measures are needed.

Other measures could be taken to improve the data centre industry and improve fibre infrastructure along the coast of northern Norway.



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