Nkom confirms winners of multi-band spectrum auction

26 May 2020

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has announced the winning bidders of its multi-band spectrum auction that got underway earlier this month.

In the event, five of the six bidders walked away with new frequencies, with Ceragon Networks being the only company not to do so, and in total the spectrum sale raised NOK34.26 million (USD3.4 million). Telenor Norge emerged as the biggest spender, agreeing to pay NOK21.98 million for spectrum in the 13GHz, 18GHz, 23GHz, 28GHz, 32GHz and 38GHz bands. Telia Norge was the next highest bidder, meanwhile, offering NOK9.28 million for frequencies in the low 10GHz, high 10GHz, and 23GHz bands. Rounding out the country’s mobile network operators, ice offered a total of NOK1.58 million on new frequencies in the low 10GHz and 38GHz bands.

Turning to other winning bidders, Funn and GlobalConnect offered to pay NOK872,077 and NOK547,000, respectively, with the former acquiring spectrum in the high 10GHz range, and the latter in the high 10GHz, 23GHz and 38GHz bands.

In confirming the outcome of the auction, the Nkom noted that all of the winning bidders have the option of postponing payment for their new spectrum until November 2020 – due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.