A new fibre-optic broadband link on the Swedish-Norwegian border
Owing to their remoteness, sparse population and consequent lack of profitability, commercial operators have shown little interest in developing fibre-optic broadband networks in mountainous areas along the Norwegian-Swedish border. Cross-border cooperation was thus undertaken within the ‘Krutfjällslänken’ project in order to meet this need.
Krutfjällslänken led to the creation of a new 41 km fibre-optic broadband connection linking the villages of Hattfjelldal in Norway and Joesjö in Sweden. The Hattfjelldal-Joesjö link was also connected with existing fibre-optic networks serving larger municipalities in both countries so as to create a high speed network covering the entire region. Enterprises in Västerbotten County, where Joesjö is situated, believe that expansion of broadband there over the last 10 years has brought great opportunities for business.