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Broadband in Denmark

A number of political initiatives aiming at nation-wide fixed and mobile broadband coverage support Danish broadband goals. The Government works towards making Denmark a digital frontrunner by creating a foundation for Danish businesses to exploit digital technologies.

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Summary of broadband development in Denmark

Denmark’s broadband strategy sets ambitious coverage goals for 2025. The Digital Strategy 2022-2025 addresses worker shortage, support to climate change mitigation and digital inclusion.

National broadband strategy and policy

Responsible authorities

  • The Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities (Klima, Energi- og Forsyningsministeriet) is responsible for Danish broadband policy development and administration. Its principal actions include the regulatory framework for the telecom sector and the setting of broadband goals, which are collectively agreed on by the Government.
  • The Danish Energy Agency (Energistyrelsen) is part of the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities and acts as the principal national regulatory authority for telecommunication in Denmark. The agency is the national broadband competence centre and its tasks include implementation of broadband policy, matters related to physical infrastructure, right-of-way, radio equipment, net neutrality and spectrum management.
  • The Danish Business Authority, an agency under the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs, is the independent regulatory authority in charge of market analysis and decisions and carries out tasks on internet regulation and e-privacy.
  • The Danish Agency for Digital Government is an agency of the Ministry of Finance established to speed up the digitisation processes required to modernise the Danish welfare society. The Agency is in charge of the digitisation of Denmark and is responsible for the implementation of the government's digital ambitions in the public sector.

Main aims for broadband development

Denmark’s broadband strategy was agreed in 2021. The goals in the strategy are to: a) cover all households and businesses by 100/30 Mbps connection by 2025, b) cover 98% of households and businesses by 1 Gbps download speeds by 2025 and c) identify the needs and demand for gigabit speeds by 2030.

The central government, regions and municipalities have agreed on the Digital Strategy 2022-2025. The strategy includes initiatives, which are to remedy worker shortage, support climate change mitigation and digital inclusion.

Main measures for broadband development

  • Broadband mapping: The Danish Energy Agency monitors broadband development via the mapping tool (Tjekditnet). It is an interactive mapping of offered and technically possible speeds, available technologies and providers of subscriptions at an address level for all Danish addresses including businesses, households, public buildings and holiday homes. The mapping covers both fixed access and mobile coverage. Aggregated data on coverage at municipal or regional level is also available. The site offers a tool to measure the speed and quality of the users current connection.

National and regional broadband financial instruments

Denmark’s primary focus is on the roll-out of high-speed network infrastructure based on private investments mainly through a market-based roll-out and technological neutral regulation, supported by limited public grants in rural non-commercially viable areas. A key role is reserved for municipalities in coordinating and promoting the process in cooperation with telecommunication operators. Public funding is reserved for areas with poor broadband coverage. In this context EUR 13.5 million has been allocated to the National Broadband pool in 2022.

Data on broadband development and technologies in Denmark

For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetrations, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI). National data is also available at the Energy Agency’s site.

Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband

For details on harmonised spectrum assignments consult the European 5G Observatory.

National publications and press documents

English

Danish

Contact information

BCO Denmark (national Broadband Competence Office): Danish Energy Agency (Energistyrelsen)

Address: Carsten Niebuhrs Gade 43, 1577 København, Denmark
Contact via email
Phone: +45 3392 7558
Website

Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities (Klima, Energi- og Forsyningsministeriet)

Address: Stormgade 2-6, 1470 Copenhagen, Denmark
Contact via email
Phone: +45 33 92 28 00
Website

Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs (Erhvervsministeriet)

Address: Slotsholmsgade 10-12, 1216 Copenhagen, Denmark
Contact via email
Phone: +45 33 92 33 50
Website

Danish Business Authority (Erhvervsstyrelsen)

Address: Langelinie Allé 17, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Contact via email
Phone: +45 35 29 10 00
Website

Agency for Digital Goverment (Digitaliseringsstyrelsen)

Address: Landgreven 4, 1017 Copenhagen, Denmark
Contact via email
Phone: +45 3392 5200
Website

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