Nkom to auction point-to-point/point-to-multipoint spectrum next year

26 Sep 2017

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced plans to auction spectrum commonly used for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint services in 2018. Preparations for the allocation of frequencies in the 6GHz, 8GHz, 10GHz, 13GHz, 18GHz, 23GHz, 28GHz and 38GHz bands began last year, before the Nkom called for applications from interested parties in March 2017, setting a deadline of 5 May 2017 for submissions. It notes, however, that having received a number of competing applications, the demand for the spectrum in question exceeds the available resources in all bands, bar the 10GHz band. As a result, the regulator has decided that it will conduct a competitive allocation process for all the resources bar those in the 10GHz band, with this to take place in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Detailed information regarding the spectrum to be auctioned will be published later, the Nkom noted, though it has already released a preliminary overview of the resources. A public consultation regarding the framework for the auction will get underway in spring 2018, meanwhile, and once the framework is established the regulator will prepare detailed auction rules, which it expects to consult on after the summer of 2018.