Nkom names winners of offshore spectrum in 700MHz/900MHz bands

11 Apr 2019

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced the winning bidders in an auction for offshore spectrum in the 700MHz and 900MHz bands. With the frequency sale raising a total of NOK3.419 million (USD410,000), Equinor Energy emerged as the biggest spender, committing NOK1.265 million for a 2×10MHz block of spectrum in the 700MHz band and 2×5MHz at 900MHz, while Tampnet secured a 2×15MHz block in the 700MHz band at a cost of NOK1.200 million. Rounding out the companies to secure new spectrum, Telenor Maritime bagged a 2×10MHz block in the 900MHz band with a bid of NOK954,000. However, a 2×5MHz block in the 700MHz band and a 2×5MHz block in the 900MHz band went unsold, and the Nkom has said it will decide at a later stage how it plans to allocate these. Notably, the sale process marked the first time that frequencies in the 700MHz band had been made available for offshore use.