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Import and sales of radio and telecommunications terminal equipment complementary information

In Norway it is required that suppliers and retailers of radio and telecommunications terminal equipment shall be registered at the Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom). There are also requirements for the importation and distribution of radio and telecommunications terminal equipment.

Equipment with CE marking

Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment which is CE marked can, pursuant to the requirements in "Regulations on EEA requirements on radio and telecommunications terminal equipment", be freely imported into Norway.

It is however important to be aware of the fact that some types of radio equipment may be prohibited to use, even if they are CE marked and legally imported.

Equipment without CE marking

Radio and telecommunications terminal equipment without CE marking can only be imported by telecommunications equipment suppliers which are registered by the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (Nkom). The equipment cannot be sold or handed over to others before it is correctly marked and in accordance with the requirements in "Regulations on EEA requirements related to radio equipment and telecommunications terminal equipment".

Affixing a CE mark to a product implies liability

The CE mark must be affixed by the manufacturer of the equipment or by his authorized representative established within the EEA. By affixing the CE mark, the person responsible declares that the product conforms to all applicable EEA requirements, and that the appropriate conformity assessment procedures have been completed. The EEA requirements constitute a set of minimum requirements (essential requirements) which result from EU directives.

Registration requirements

Suppliers and retailers of radio equipment shall be registered at the Nkom. This is stated in the "Regulations on the registration and requirements related to the import and the sales of radio and telecommunications terminal equipment".
The following definitions shall apply:

  1. Supplier: any person who runs a commercial activity for the import or manufacturing of radio and telecommunications terminal equipment with the intention of placing the equipment on the market.
  2. Retailer: any person who runs commercial activity for distribution of radio equipment or by other means transfers radio equipment to a third party where an individual license is necessary pursuant to section 5-3 of the Telecommunications Act.

Registration forms for telecommunications equipment suppliers and retailers can be found on Nkom's website, or are available at the Networks Department, telephone: +47 22 82 46 00 or telefax: +47 22 82 47 90. Registered suppliers and retailers pay an annual fee to Nkom. This is stated in the "Regulations on fees to the Nkom".

Permitted to import - prohibited to use

Even though it is permitted to import and sell CE marked radio equipment, use of the same equipment may be restricted. This means that individual licenses for use may be required, or even that it can be prohibited to use the equipment in Norway. The "Regulations on authorized frequency use" contains information on which equipment can be used without a special license.

Forms are in Norwegian only.

Forms