Nkom proposes continued regulation on Telenor in mobile market

5 Jun 2019

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) will continue to regulate mobile market leader Telenor Norge in the wholesale sector for Market 15 (access and call origination on mobile networks), it confirmed via a press release. The regulator confirmed that having considered whether both Telenor and Telia Norge held significant market power (SMP) in the sector, it ultimately decided that the SMP designation would only be applied to Telenor. While it noted that Telia has grown its influence as a result of acquisitions in the wireless arena, the Nkom claimed that the conditions for collective dominance set out in EU guidelines had not been fulfilled for the coming regulatory period. Meanwhile, with regards to the country’s third mobile operator – ice – the Nkom confirmed it that Telenor will continue to be obligated to provide national roaming to the smaller player, as it continues to build out its own infrastructure.

As per the draft decision, the Nkom also confirmed that it will revise the methodology for its margin squeeze tests, which are carried out every six months; these tests will now use a model based on an operator with a 3% market share, down from 5% previously, with the change being made to better reflect the actual status of the country’s MVNOs.

Feedback on the Nkom’s plans is being accepted until 28 June, and the watchdog has said that once it reviews all submissions its plans to submit an updated draft decision to the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) for assessment. Once the ESA has given its feedback, the Nkom will issue a final decision, which it expects to be made in the fourth quarter of 2019.