Nkom consulting on plans for allocating 5G-suitable spectrum

19 Jun 2019

With a view to ensuring operators have access to frequencies that will allow for the development of 5G in Norway, the National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has begun consulting on possible spectrum allocations. As per the regulator’s plans, it said that it is aiming to offer additional frequencies in 2021, and is looking to determine the needs of mobile network operators (MNOs) both now and for the future in relation to such an award.

In terms of some of the specifics of the consultation, the Nkom is looking for feedback on its assessment that there is a basis to allocate spectrum in the 2300MHz, 2600MHz and 3.6GHz bands to MNOs by the end of 2021, as well as its belief that there are currently no grounds for assigning spectrum in the 700MHz, 1500MHz and 26GHz bands during the same timeframe. Meanwhile, the Nkom has suggested there are grounds for allocating 300MHz in the 3.6GHz band under national permits, with 100MHz to be issued under regional/local licences, although an alternative distribution method being examined is that all 3.6GHz spectrum would be offered on nationwide basis, with 2.3GHz frequencies to be issued on a regional/local basis. Finally, the regulator is deliberating setting a spectrum cap for frequencies across all three bands, with consideration also being given to whether a 100MHz cap should apply in the 3.6GHz band specifically.

Submissions to the consultation are required by 27 August 2019.