Nkom sets requirements for state-supported wireless broadband networks

19 May 2020

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has set national minimum requirements for any wireless broadband networks that are partly financed from state funds. In a press release the telecoms regulator confirmed that such networks will be required to provide ‘stable’ speeds of 30Mbps downlink and 5Mbps uplink. Such speeds, it claimed, would ensure that households have a wireless broadband service that can be used for voice and video conferencing. Other requirements include: that subscribers on plans with a monthly data usage cap are given the opportunity to buy additional data at ‘a reasonable price’ once their allowance is used up; and that service providers should monitor traffic on both radio access and core networks, and take measures to avoid any reduction in service quality. Counties and municipalities are now obliged to include these requirements in contracts with providers that roll out infrastructure on their behalf, the Nkom added.