NPT finalises auction rules for 800MHz offshore spectrum

24 Jun 2014

The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) has confirmed that it has finalised the auction rules for the sale of six frequency blocks in the 800MHz band designated for offshore use. Having conducted a consultation regarding the terms of the sale process between 11 April and 23 May, with the rules now set in stone the regulator has said that the auction itself will be conducted on 18 August 2014.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in February 2014 the NPT revealed it had received an application for a license in the 800MHz band for offshore use. With a view to ensuring that any and all interested parties have an opportunity to apply for vacant frequencies in the band in question, the regulator called for any competing applications to be submitted by 14 March 2014. In announcing the development the NPT also noted that a total of 2×30MHz in the 800MHz band (791MHz-821MHz/832MHz-862MHz) was available for use offshore.

Under the regulator’s plans, six 2×5MHz frequency blocks in the 800MHz band for use offshore will be awarded via a cash auction, with a frequency ceiling set at 2×20MHz, meaning each bidder can bid on up to four blocks.