Norwegian Data Centre Strategy
The government wants Norway to be a Data Centre Nation
Norway can become one of the world’s most attractive countries for data centres and databased Business. This is reflected in the new Norwegian data centre strategy.
Minister of Industry Torbjørn Røe Isaksen and Minister for Transport Ketil Solvik-Olsen today announced the strategy “Norway as Data Centre Nation” at our Green Mountain data centre at Rennesøy, outside Stavanger.
“Norway should be an attractive country to invest in for databased business and data centres. If we are to ensure a sustainable welfare society, we need new industries that create jobs and increase value creation. Data centres are an exciting industry that can contribute to this,” says Minister of Industry, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (H).
Norway is one of Europe’s most digitized countries, with world-class digital infrastructure and a population that is very advanced in terms of using new technology.
“Good digital infrastructure is extremely important for both business and households. The government will support the industry to stimulate to development, have a simple regulatory framework and keep costs down. We strengthen Norway as an attractive country for data centres, through strong growth in fiber investments nationally, new state support for fiber cable expansion abroad and simplified construction-work rules nationally. It will also benefit other business and the population, “said Minister of Transport, Ketil Solvik-Olsen (FrP).
There is no good statistics or aggregate overview of the players in the data centre industry. The government will therefore conduct a survey of this industry in Norway.
“It must be easier to establish industry and new jobs in Norway. We want shorter processing time and increased predictability in processing plan proposals and applications to the public, “says Monica Mæland (H), Municipal and Modernization Minister.
The government will continue to facilitate good and predictable framework conditions for business with a more growth-enhancing tax system, better infrastructure and a competent workforce. The government has reduced the electricity tax for data centres and reduced the taxation of the equipment. It will strengthen the competitiveness of investments in Norway.
“Norway has a good base for developing databased business activities. Our renewable resources and a well-functioning energy sector are a major competitive advantage. Norwegian power supply is renewable, flexible, secure and has competitive prices, says Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Søviknes (FrP).
These are some of the most important measures in the government’s Norwegian data centre strategy:
- Removal of property taxes on production equipment and installations in use
- Total NOK 100 million to facilitate more fiber cables abroad
- NOK 40 million in 2018 for a pilot for alternative core networks
- New construction-work rules for wires in public roads
- 750 new IT study places in 2017 and 500 in 2018
- Increased funding for Innovation Norway’s Invest in Norway-function of NOK 10 million.See the whole strategy at www.regjeringen.no
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About Green Mountain
Green Mountain AS design, build and operate high security, robust wholesale colocation data centres. Green Mountain currently have two data centres in Norway with plans to develop in other regions. The data centres operate on 100% low-cost renewable power and use free cooling to create unique power efficiency.
The data centre near Stavanger (DC1-Stavanger) is built deep inside a mountain in a former high-security NATO ammunition store. The data centre in Telemark (DC2-Telemark) is in the ‘cradle of hydropower’ with multiple local hydropower plants. We are one of the largest operators in the sector in Norway with clients in finance, IT, government, oil and gas and others. More information can be found on www.greenmountain.no