Nkom holding 900MHz auction on 23 May

6 Mar 2017

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nkom) has scheduled the start of bidding in its upcoming 900MHz mobile licence auction for 23 May 2017. On its website, the regulator announced that 2×20MHz (four blocks of 2×5MHz) will be up for grabs; the existing 900MHz band frequency licences held by Telia Norway and Telenor will expire on 31 December 2017. The minimum price per 2×5MHz block is set at NOK140 million (USD16.6 million).

TeleGeography notes that last week the Ministry of Transport & Communications (MoTC) reduced the individual spectrum cap on the 900MHz band from 2×20MHz to 2×15MHz, citing competition grounds; Telia had lobbied for the change, claiming that it expected rival Telenor to acquire frequencies with a view to limiting Telia’s competitiveness.

Nkom will publish the final 900MHz auction rules on 17 March, on which date it begins accepting applications, with a deadline of 20 April.