Nkom launches consultation on 2.6GHz, 3.6GHz spectrum allocation plans

23 Jun 2020

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has launched a consultation on its plans for allocating frequencies in the 5G-suitable 2.6GHz and 3.6GHz (3400MHz-3800MHz) bands, the former of which is currently used by cellcos to offer 4G connectivity. The regulator has set a deadline of 8 September 2020 for submissions to its consultation, ahead of which it noted that, having already presented its recommendations to the relevant government bodies, the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation (Kommunal- og moderniseringsdepartementet, KMD) has evaluated the suggestions and offered its feedback on the matter.

In terms of the Nkom’s proposals, it is envisaging auctioning off spectrum in the 2.6GHz and 3.6GHz in a single auction in 2021. A total of 120MHz is to be offered in the lower band, broken down as 14 2×5MHz blocks (FDD) and single block of 50MHz (TDD). Further, the watchdog is setting a starting price of NOK25 million (USD2.6 million) per block and a frequency cap of 80MHz. Meanwhile, in the 3.6GHz band the regulator has proposed offering a total of 400MHz, broken down as 40 blocks of 10MHz, with a frequency cap of 120MHz to be set in this band, and the starting price again set at NOK25 million per block.