Nkom claims positive feedback to plans for 3.8GHz-4.2GHz band

2 Sep 2021

Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has published feedback from its consultation on the opening up of the 3.8GHz-4.2GHz spectrum band for local 5G networks. In releasing its preliminary assessments based on the inputs from interested parties, the regulator said that its initial plans had been ‘well received’, while it noted there had also been ‘good and constructive suggestions that [it] will take a closer look at’.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in June 2021 the Nkom proposed opening up the 3.8GHz-4.2GHz spectrum band for local 5G networks, saying it planned to grant two different types of licences for local networks, those being: a low-power licence intended for local private mobile networks; and a high-power concession intended for the provision of services such as fixed-wireless broadband in larger outdoor areas, including industrial parks and harbours.

In the latest development regarding the matter, the Nkom noted that it plans to open applications for spectrum in the 3.8GHz-4.2GHz spectrum band in the first half of 2022, while further work on determining the final regulation regarding such frequency allocations will be carried out ‘during the autumn’.