We help operators fulfill authorities’ broadband regulations

Aiming to fuel broadband penetration, the national authorities in Denmark and Norway have recently implemented new regulation, requiring operators to make available vital information about their networks. We provide solutions helping Smallworld users to fulfill these requirements, supporting high-speed digital services to all citizens.

In Denmark, the authorities have upgraded the “Line Owner Register”, known as LER 2.0, which is automating the process of handling excavation requests from contractors to operators when building new infrastructure. Smallworld Nordic offers an engine in PNI (Physical Network Inventory), called AutoLER 2.0, that detects excavation requests, collects the registered network inventory within the requested area and returns the information to LER 2.0. AutoLER 2.0 is available now and provides immediate response from the operator about existing infrastructure in a specific area, which speeds up the process of building new network considerably.

The Norwegian authorities have launched a “Fiber Portal”, called Ekomportalen, making information about existing infrastructure available to operators building new network. The intent is to reuse ducts and conduits from operators already present in the area of interest in order to reduce delivery times and cost to the benefit of the end user. This requires network data exported from all operators into the Fiber Portal. Smallworld Nordic offers a module in PNI that collects the relevant inventory objects, converts them into the data model of the portal and prepare files ready for export, assuring fiber operators to operate according to the regulation.

The solutions in Denmark and Norway share the same purpose, namely reducing time and cost in building new broadband network, but they are yet different in how they work, Petter Lundberg Olsen, developer and consultant of Smallworld Nordic, explains. – The Danish module is interworking with a communication hub, while the Norwegian module performs file exports into a central portal, both enabling support for automated processes for sharing of infrastructure data.

These demands from authorities in Denmark and Norway illustrates that network operators are expected to cooperate by sharing information about their networks for the greater good of the societies and their citizens. Smallworld Nordic supports this philosophy and trend by making additional functions in PNI for operators to be able to fulfill their obligations.