The Norwegian Post & Telecoms Authority (NPT) has outlined its proposed timetable for the auction of spectrum in the 800MHz, 900MHz and 1800MHz bands, while also confirming it has inked a contract with UK-based DotEcon for consulting services related to the sale. Under the watchdog’s plans, a study regarding the auction format is to be sent to the Ministry of Transport and Communications for approval in 19 June 2013. Following this the NPT will issue the draft auction rules for a public consultation, submission to which must be received by 30 September. Subsequently, on 28 October the regulator expects to publish the final auction rules and open registration for would-be bidders, with those parties seeking to take part in the sale process given until 15 November to apply. The auction itself, meanwhile, will then get underway on 2 December.