Soon border area in Hedmark in Norway can get broadband connection (fibre) from Sweden! The fibre from the Swedish side was laid through the lake Röjden up to the Norwegian border. The area between Torsby municipality in the county of Värmland in Sweden and Grue municipality in the county of Hedmark in Norway is very rural and consists mostly of dense forest. But there is a village and a conference hotel on the Norwegian side of the border, and they need good broadband connection.

Partners from Sweden (Värmland County Administrative Board & Torsby municipality) and Norway (Hedmark County Council & Municipality of Grue) are part of the project CORA. They started by sorting out the legal issues of connecting Norway with broadband from Sweden, e.g. checking the regulations of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) and Norwegian Communications Authority (NKOM). Partners found out there are no legal obstacles. Therefore, on the Swedish side, Torsby municipality has laid an optic fibre cable in the lake Röjden up to the Norwegian border. Soon there will be an access point made operational just at the border. As a result, e.g. the conference centre Finnskogtoppen on the Norwegian side, will be able to connect to and offer high speed broadband connection to their guests.

Photos & video copyright: Elisabeth Johansson, Relacom