Nkom: 2300MHz for mobile broadband from 2023; short-term broadcast licensing until then

18 Sep 2018

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has decided to issue short-term licences for parts of the 2300MHz-2400MHz frequency band valid until 31 December 2022 for continuing usage by public broadcasting applications, ahead of a plan to allocate the entire band at a later date so that the frequencies can be used for mobile broadband from 2023. Nkom aims to achieve synergies through allocating the 2300MHz-2400MHz band along with the 2600MHz and 3400MHz-3800MHz licensed bands also expiring at end-2022. The regulator’s announcement added that it will invite testing of mobile broadband in the 2301MHz-2323MHz frequency range on non-commercial terms from 1 January 2020.

Existing 2300MHz licences expire at end-2019, and applications for three-year concessions in the band are due in by 29 October 2018.