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State aid: Green light for a Next Generation Access broadband network in parts of Tromsø



The Authority has today approved a state aid project to construct a Next Generation Access (NGA) fiber broadband network in parts of Tromsø.

The municipality of Tromsø will contribute to the constructions costs of the new infrastructure, and the supplier of the network will be chosen by way of a public tender based on objective and non-discriminatory criteria.

“Projects of financial support by the EFTA States to roll-out high speed broadband networks based on the newest technology, if carefully designed, in particular by making use of a public tender procedure, can benefit from the Authority's approval under the state aid rules,” Ms Oda Sletnes, the newly-appointed President of the Authority, said.

Private individuals, businesses and certain public sector institutions in parts of Tromsø will enjoy access to the NGA network. This will contribute to economic and social development and the well-being of residents of the municipality by promoting the knowledge economy and providing access to public services using modern information and communications technology.

In order to preserve competitive conditions in the area, the owner of the new NGA network will not be the only supplier of services at the retail level. The municipality will impose an obligation on the owner/operator of the network to give access to third party operators at the wholesale level, who wish to rent capacity or a fiber. This, in combination with the monitoring of prices for the wholesale access, will ensure a variety of operators and services and will ultimately benefit consumers.

This is the first decision of the Authority concerning public financing of a broadband projecs and is based on the Authority's State Aid Guidelines on the application of state aid rules in relation to rapid deployment of broadband networks (PR(10)02).


For further information, please contact:


Per Andreas Bjørgan
Competition and State Aid Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 36


Agnieszka Montoya-Iwanczuk
Competition and State Aid Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 59

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