Digitisation Minister Nikolai Astrup (H) will spend NOK 100 million on sea-fiber cables to secure internet traffic in and out of Norway.
The money will be used for a secure and robust alternative sea-fiber connection for international data traffic to and from Norway. It will provide a real alternative to the route via Sweden and Copenhagen which is the most used today, the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation states.
“Establishing alternative capacity abroad will provide much safer internet traffic for consumers and business in Norway,” says Astrup.
In several reports, the national communications authority, Nkom, has pointed out that data traffic to and from Norway is vulnerable. Therefore, the government now sets aside NOK 100 million to reduce its vulnerability. Nkom will announce a tender competition for data traffic providers.
“It is very gratifying that we can now start this important work. This will make the internet access to and from Norway more robust,” says Astrup.
The EFTA (European Free Trade Association) surveillance authority ESA has approved the government’s support scheme.
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