Nkom confirms ESA approval for updated broadband obligations related to Telenor Norge

4 Sep 2020

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has confirmed new obligations for Telenor Norge in the broadband market. Having sent two draft decisions related to the regulation of telcos to the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) in July 2020, the regulator has now announced that the ESA raised no objections to its proposals. As such, under Nkom’s newly published regulatory decisions, Telenor will be required to maintain wholesale access to its copper network for a further five years from the date of the final ruling (2 September), while it will also be compelled to offer wholesale customers access to its fixed-wireless broadband infrastructure.

In line with its previous indications, meanwhile, the regulator has confirmed that its ruling does allow for a faster shutdown of Telenor’s copper network. To that end, the Nkom notes that if the telco can offer its wholesale customers relevant replacement products for copper-based access, it may then draw up a plan for migration for copper to fibre/mobile infrastructure. Should it choose to do so, Telenor would need to accept input from its wholesale customers on any such plan, before then seeking final approval from the Nkom for this.