Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced that it is postponing its multi-spectrum auction following objections to its decision to cap spectrum in the sale process.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the Nkom is planning to sell spectrum across the following bands – 6GHz, 8GHz, 10GHz, 13GHz, 18GHz, 23GHz, 28GHz and 38GHz. In a press release, the regulator has now confirmed a delay to the sale, however, after both Telia Norge and Ice Communications Norge called for plans to set a frequency cap of two-thirds of the total spectrum to be reconsidered, citing competition concerns. While the Nkom has already conducted a public consultation on its draft auction rules for the sale that was supposed to get underway on 19 November 2018, it said it has been forced to delay the process as the Ministry of Transport and Communications (Samferdselsdepartementet ar, MoTC), which is responsible for making a decision regarding spectrum caps, is still considering that matter.
In the meantime, the Nkom has invited those operators holding licences that expire on 31 December 2018 for the bands to be auctioned to apply for a temporary renewal; such submissions need to be made by 12 October. It further noted that, once the MoTC has made a final ruling regarding spectrum limits, it will set a new tentative schedule for the sale process.