UNINETT's pricing model
Funding for UNINETT’s operation and further development of the research and education network and appurtenant services comes from three main sources:
1.An annual grant paid directly to UNINETT from the Ministry of Education and Research
2.An annual service fee for the university and university college sector, which UNINETT collects in advance from universities and state university colleges
3.An annual service fee for other customers who are not universities or state university colleges (e.g. research departments at university hospitals, the National Library, many different museums, non-commercial research institutions and some schools in the primary and secondary education sector with special ICT needs covered by UNINETT).
Why do different categories of customers pay different amounts?
Norwegian authorities have decided that Norway is to have a national research and education network and that this network is to be operated and developed by UNINETT. Consequently, UNINETT receives annual grants from the Ministry of Education and Research earmarked for this purpose.
• All universities and state university colleges are connected to the research and education network. This connection means they have Internet access, but they also gain access to a number of other ICT services. These services are included in the annual service fee paid by these institutions.
• UNINETT’s other customers, who are not a part of the public education sector, do not pay the regular annual service fee for the higher education sector, but rather a separate service fee. This is to prevent cross-subsidization. These customers pay for the administrative network capacity offered, and they receive an invoice for their actual use of the research and education network once a year.