NPT confirms conclusion of 2GHz auction after one round

20 Nov 2012

The Norwegian Post & Telecoms Authority (NPT) has announced that its auction of spectrum in the 2GHz band ended after just a single round. Having begun a consultation on the rules for the sale process back in September 2012, the regulator at that date confirmed it planned to offer a total of nine blocks – two lots of 2×4.8MHz and seven lots of 2×5.0MHz – in the 1920MHz-1980MHz/2110MHz-2170MHz bands, with the nationwide concessions on offer to be technology neutral and valid for a 20-year period. In calling for feedback on the proposals the NPT confirmed that it was recommending a cap on the number of frequency blocks each participant would be allowed to bid for, and it produced a separate document detailing its reasons for implementing such a restriction.

With the sale getting underway on 19 November as planned, in the event all nine blocks were sold at the reserve price of NOK5 million (USD866,482) per block. Five bidders had registered to take part in the auction, but the NPT revealed that two of those withdrew from the auction, with one doing so just 24 minutes before the first round began, and after the auction process had officially started. Due to the regulator’s restriction on the amount of spectrum any one company could win, the sale was concluded after the first round, with TeliaSonera and Telenor each laying claim to the maximum of four blocks each, while Tele2-owned Mobile Norway won the final block of spectrum. In announcing the results, the NPT noted that the outcome meant that all three of the aforementioned operators now hold the same amount of spectrum in the 2GHz band of approximately 2×20MHz.