The Norwegian government has announced that it has received an application for the fourth available licence to build and operate a 3G network. The statement gave no indication of the identity of the company. According to a statement from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the licence will be assigned in a sealed auction which will take place on 12 December. The auction will be open to all interested parties, the ministry added. To increase the degree of infrastructure competition in Norway, the ministry has decided to increase the population coverage requirements from 30% to 40%.
Current licence 3G licence holders in Norway are Telenor and TeliaSonera’s NetCom. Another licensee, Hi3G Access Norway, owned by Hutchison Whampoa and a Swedish investor, expects to roll out its network by September 2009.