Nkom recommends all 700MHz be allocated to commercial MNOs; consults on 2GHz band plans

9 Jun 2017

The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has recommended that all available frequencies in the 700MHz band should be usable by commercial mobile operators, when they become available. In a press release the regulator said it did not believe that dedicated spectrum needed to be set aside for the emergency sector. As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComm Database, in November 2015 the Norwegian authorities determined that 700MHz frequencies will be used for mobile services, and the Nkom aims to allocate 2×30MHz of spectrum in the band by the end of 2018.

Meanwhile, the Nkom is also seeking feedback on possible solutions for the improved provision of indoor mobile coverage. To that end, the regulator is consulting on plans to assign spectrum in the 2GHz band (1920MHz-1980MHz/2110MHz-2170MHz), and has requested submissions regarding the matter by a deadline of 21 July 2017.