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ice belatedly opts to take up voluntary coverage obligation

29 Nov 2021

Norwegian mobile network operator (MNO) ice has decided that it will take up a voluntary coverage obligation in return for a discount on the 3.6GHz spectrum it won at auction in October 2021. In a press release regarding the matter, local telecoms regulator the National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) confirmed that ice will now pay NOK474 million (USD52.4 million) for its 80MHz block of 3.6GHz spectrum, with the obligation having discounted the original price of the concession by NOK80 million.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the MNO was named among four winning bidders in the October 2021 spectrum auction, but it was the only winner not to immediately accept the voluntary coverage obligation – whereas Telenor Norge, Telia Norge and Altibox did. These coverage obligations require the spectrum winners to offer mobile broadband coverage at downlink/uplink speeds of 100Mbps/10Mbps at a list of locations where such connectivity is lacking by 2025; Nkom published an updated overview of the 48,000 or so premises to be covered under the obligation in October 2021.

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