Nkom publishes preliminary list of buildings where 5G auction winners should roll out network for licence discount

7 Sep 2021

With Norway’s National Communications Authority Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) set to begin its auction of 5G-suitable spectrum in the 2.6GHz and 3.6GHz bands later this month, it has reiterated that those companies that do secure frequencies will be able to reduce the price they pay by committing to expand broadband coverage in rural areas. In line with this, the regulator has now published a preliminary overview of the buildings which currently lack access to broadband at downlink/uplink speeds of at least 100Mbps/10Mbps, noting that winners of frequencies will be able to save as much as NOK560 million (USD65 million) – dependent on how much spectrum they win – by rolling out their networks at these locations.

According to the Nkom, by offering a reduction to companies in this manner, the body aims to encourage the development of broadband access in unserved and underserved areas that are not expected to benefit from commercial network rollouts without state support. It has, however, noted that the locations in its preliminary overview are not final, saying it expects to update the information later this year, once data from its annual coverage survey is ready.

Norway, National Communications Authority (Nkom, formerly NPT)