Description / Explanation
“Mand-ø” is located in a very rural and remote part of Denmark with small expectations to be covered with high speed broadband on commercial terms. However, as part of a screening process in connection with the Danish broadband state-aid scheme, SE/Stofa encountered a very strong active local interest for broadband. Therefore, a broadband project on “Mand-ø”, which at a first glance seemed impossible, became more feasible, however not on commercial terms. Local community volunteers gathered support for the project among inhabitants on the island, which raised expectations for very high penetration rates. Following rejection from the Danish broadband state aid scheme for large parts of “Mand-ø”, SE/Stofa chose to finish the project as a completely private project with no state aid, due to the expectations for high penetration rates. SE/Stofa has a history of engaging in broadband projects in remote areas. SE/Stofa, as a customer owned utility, has established a special fund for fibre based broadband in the SE supply area (for electrical power) where no commercial deployment is possible. Projects for this fund are only eligible if penetration rate is 60% or higher. This requirement was more than met on “Mand-ø” where SE/Stofa today has completed the project connecting all 110 houses on the island and provided broadband services for 95 houses with a penetration rate of 86%.
01/07/2017 to 30/09/2017
Project submitted by
Joint Council of Mand-Ø
Infrastructure & Service
Infrastructure, technology and architecture
The infrastructure is a point-to-point FTTP broadband infrastructure and thus entirely future proof, robust and scalable and does indeed meet the EU gigabit ambition for 2025.
Cost structure and financing sources
The project is funded by the private broadband fund from SE/Stofa for deployment of fibre, where commercial deployment is not possible. The SE/Stofa broadband fund was established in 2017 and amounted to EUR 40 million. There a few requirements for this broadband fund. Only projects where the expected penetration is at least 60% is accepted and a connecting fee on EUR 260 is required.
Was the project supported by EU funding?
Actors involved and their roles
SE/Stofa managed the project in cooperation with local volunteers "Joint Council of Mand-ø".
The unique character of the project rests on three pillars: 1) Broadband for a very small island with only 110 houses 2) situated in a UNESCO world heritage area – Wadden Sea – and 3) only made possible due to high commitment from local volunteers.
The project would not have been possible without the incredible job made by local volunteers (Joint Council of Mand-ø) who managed to gather support from an overwhelming number of residents and owners of the summer houses on the island – this paved the way for a connecting all houses and a penetration rate of 86%.
With a penetration rate on 86% most residential and summer houses on the island now enjoy high speed broadband. While being in a UNESCO world heritage zone with vast numbers of tourists (circa 120.000 visits a year), the tourist industry now enjoys much better conditions for servicing the visitors. It is expected that the number of tourists will increase and thereby the general economic activity on the island. For instance, improved broadband connectivity has resulted in the establishment of online booking systems for bed & breakfast, transport to the island, guided tours etc., which in turn has boosted the tourist industry on the island.