Nkom recommends using spare 2100MHz spectrum to boost mobile broadband capacity

15 Jan 2018

Norwegian telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has recommended to the Ministry of Transport and Communications (Samferdselsdepartementet ar, MoTC) that unused spectrum in the 2100MHz band be made available for use in commercial public mobile networks with a view to boosting mobile broadband capacity. In a press release regarding the matter, the Nkom noted that its recommendation follows a public consultation on the use of the 1920MHz-1980MHz/2110MHz-2170MHz frequencies. Having received 14 submissions from interested parties to this study, and following a comprehensive assessment, the Nkom has recommended that available resources in the 2100MHz band should not be dedicated to the improvement of indoor mobile coverage, but instead should be assigned generally under technology and service-neutral licenses.

In its explanatory memorandum Nkom emphasised that its recommended solution would allow for the most efficient use of frequency resources, while noting that it viewed the 2100MHz band as having the potential to offer important capacity for cellcos, while stressing that there are already alternative solutions available to improve mobile coverage indoors.

Looking ahead, the Nkom has said it will provide further information regarding the allocation process for new 2100MHz spectrum once the MoTC has made a final decision on the use of such frequencies.