Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has begun the process of analysing the status of competition in the mobile market with a view to making an updated ruling with regards to significant market power (SMP).
In the wholesale sector for Market 15 (access and call origination on mobile networks), the Nkom confirmed back in September 2015 that it would continue to impose specific obligations on Telenor Norge, having determined that the operator had SMP in that sector. Now, with a view to making an updated ruling next year, the watchdog has begun the process of examining the market in question by sending the nation’s cellcos a comprehensive questionnaire in which it seeks views on existing regulation and future regulatory needs. In addition, the Nkom has also invited other interested parties, such as consumer interest bodies, to submit their views on the matter.
According to the Nkom, once it has reviewed all returned questionnaires and submissions, and following an updated market analysis, it expects to release its findings for a national consultation, with a hearing and notification of its draft decision scheduled for spring 2019.