The Danish Energy Agency (DEA, or Energistyrelsen) has approved the award of a 16-year nationwide 450MHz spectrum licence to Net 1 Denmark (registered as Ice Danmark), the current holder of the frequencies. Last month the DEA announced an auction for the single national licence – effective from 24 January 2022 to 31 December 2037 – which would have taken place on 23 June 2020, but as Net 1 was the sole applicant, the regulator offered it the frequencies for the minimum bid price of just DKK50,000 (USD7,600). Terms and conditions of the concession aim to ensure that the spectrum is used effectively throughout the country, suitable for the provision of IoT/M2M and wireless broadband services.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database shows that Net 1 Denmark operates a 4G LTE 450MHz cellular network covering 98% of the population and has repositioned itself as an M2M/IoT provider. The operator specialises in critical communications services for companies and organisations, providing M2M connectivity on the national LTE network alongside LoRaWAN and fibre connections. Net 1 Denmark has just been acquired by Cibicom (see separate CommsUpdate story today).