Nkom plans tougher price regulation for Telenor Norway in mobile sector

18 Sep 2015

Norway’s telecoms regulator, the National Communications Authority (Nkom), has said it will continue to impose specific obligations on mobile market leader Telenor Norway. In a press release the watchdog noted that the operator still holds significant market power (SMP) with regards to the wholesale sector for Market 15 (access and call origination on mobile networks). Telenor Norway accounts for more than half of the nation’s mobile subscribers, meaning that the operator will continue to be required to allow access to its infrastructure under specific terms. Moreover, the Nkom has also signalled its intent to impose ‘tougher regulation of price terms for access’, given what it termed ‘persistent competition problems’. Arguing that operators relying on national roaming or MVNO access should be able to compete effectively in the retail market, the Nkom said it was necessary to impose an explicit requirement that the price terms for accessing the market leader’s network should not mean alternative operators face a margin squeeze.

Having published its proposals, the regulator is now seeking responses on the matter,setting a deadline of 19 October for submissions.