Nkom’s 700MHz/2100MHz spectrum auction gets underway

4 Jun 2019

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has confirmed that its ‘first 5G auction’, comprising spectrum in the 700MHz and 2100MHz bands, has gotten underway, in line with previously announced plans. In total, the regulator is offering 2×30MHz in the 700MHz band and 2×15MHz in the 2.1GHz band, with the frequencies auctioned off to be useable from 1 November 2019.

Notably, for the first time in one of the country’s spectrum sales, winning bidders will be allowed to postpone payment of parts of their final bids; should they choose to do so, in return operators would be required to make investments equal to NOK250 million (USD29 million) in improving coverage over a two-year period.

Commenting at the start of the sale process, John-Eivind Velure, Nkom’s Director of Spectrum Department, said: ‘The 700MHz band can provide better coverage and capacity in mobile networks, and one of the key objectives of the award is obtaining better mobile coverage along main motorways and railways.’