5 Dec 2019
Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has proposed that fixed line incumbent Telenor Norge should be obliged to offer wholesale customers access to its fixed-wireless broadband network. In a press release regarding the matter, the Nkom said that, while acknowledging Telenor is already required to give competitors access to its fibre and copper infrastructure as per its most recent regulatory ruling on market 3b (wholesale central access provided at a fixed location for mass-market products), it should now be required to offer wholesale wireless access due to the telco’s ongoing plans to decommission its copper network. In its opinion, extending wholesale access in this fashion would ensure Telenor’s wholesale customers have access to a replacement technology as the incumbent moves forward with the phasing out of its copper network, and ensure competition is maintained in the country’s broadband sector.
As per the Nkom’s proposals, it has directed Telenor to develop a standard offer for wholesale access to its fixed-wireless broadband network by 1 February 2020, with the product to be made available for order by 1 March that year. Pursuant to the above, the watchdog has called for comments on the matter from both Telenor and any other interested parties, setting a deadline of 19 December for submissions.