Norwegian government agrees with Nkom on allocating 700MHz frequencies to MNOs

12 Dec 2017

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced that the government has agreed with its recommendation that spectrum in the 700MHz band should be made available to commercial mobile network operators. In line with this, the Nkom has confirmed that it is continuing to prepare for the assignment of 2×30MHz of spectrum in the aforementioned band, with it now set to carry out a public consultation which covers topics such as the auction format, frequency caps and minimum prices. The regulator expects to have established the overarching regulation for the 700MHz sale process by mid-2018, following which it will conduct a further consultation on detailed rules for the spectrum allocation in H2 2018; with this expected to last between five and six months, the regulator then envisages it will need a further two to three months of preparation before launching the auction itself.