Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has reportedly received an application for spectrum in the 3400MHz-3800MHz band for use on the archipelago of Svalbard. As a result, the regulator has called for any other parties interested in these frequencies to file an application by 24 January 2020.
With frequencies in the band in question having already been allocated on the Norwegian mainland until 31 December 2022, Nkom noted that in Svalbard the entire frequency range is available, having been used for, among other things, non-commercial testing of 5G. It is proposing to issue the spectrum to successful bidders at no cost, with any allocations to be valid until 31 December 2022. In addition, the regulator has said that in the event of surplus demand, it may be necessary to set frequency caps on the allocation, while it suggested it may look to take into account the position of spectrum held in the 3400MHz-3800MHz band by existing holders on the mainland during the allocation process.