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How to apply for frequency licences

Applications for spectrum licences, transmitter licences and transmitter licences on the "FM band" must be sent to the Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom). In the following, Nkom has provided a review of how interested parties can apply for such licences, Nkom's requirements for applicants and the information that must be contained in the application. When Nkom announces that we have received an application for a spectrum licence we can stipulate a requirement for bank guarantees for original and new applicants.

Pursuant to more specific terms and conditions, any party can apply for a frequency licence(s) at any time if the frequencies applied for are available or become available in the next 3 years.

Procedure for applying for transmitter licences

Nkom continually issues transmitter licences based on applications that have been submitted. Nkom can normally assign frequencies to all those who apply because there are sufficient frequency resources available. Transmitter licences are granted for different frequency bands that are, among other things, planned for radio links, uplinks for satellite, PMR and certain low-level systems.

Pursuant to more specific terms and conditions, any party can apply for a transmitter licence(s) at any time on the frequency bands administered by Nkom and which are managed through the issuing of transmitter licences. 
The application must contain information about:

  • The applicant's name, address and Norwegian organisation number (the applicant must be registered with the Brønnøysund Register Centre). Private individuals must state their national identity number.
  • Contact person (name, telephone number and email address)
  • Overview of the transmitter licences that are being applied for, i.e. the bands for which a transmitter licence(s) is being applied for and possibly also the bandwidth/capacity being applied for.

Nkom will not enforce the requirement for a Norwegian organisation number in the case of applications for frequencies for a short and limited period of time, typically for concerts, sporting arrangements and the like.

Nkom has prepared application forms for applications for various types of transmitter licences. The application forms show the information Nkom requires to be able to process an application for a transmitter licence.

Procedure for applying for transmitter licences on the "FM band"

The 87.5 -108 MHz frequency band is referred to as the "FM band". In the national frequency plan, the "FM band" is intended for FM audio broadcasting with radio systems based on ITU-R Recommendation BS.450. As a result of the processes implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture or the Norwegian Media Authority, in Norway the frequencies are assigned transmitter networks for local radio and national radio. The frequencies are distributed between players such as NRK, Radio Norge and P4 Radio Hele Norge and hundreds of local/regional players.

Nkom only issues frequencies on the "FM band" in exceptional circumstances. Most of the transmitter licences on the "FM band" have been assigned and there are not, in practice, any available transmitter licences in heavily populated parts of Norway. Pursuant to more specific terms and conditions, any party can apply to be issued a temporary transmitter licence(s) on the "FM band" or unused licence areas.

The application must contain information about:

  • The applicant's name, address and Norwegian organisation number (the applicant must be registered with the Brønnøysund Register Centre). Private individuals must state their national identity number.
  • Contact person (name, telephone number and email address)
  • Overview of the transmitter licences that are being applied for

Nkom has prepared an application form for applications for transmitter licences on the "FM band". The application form shows the information Nkom requires to be able to process these types of applications.

Procedure for applying for spectrum licences

Pursuant to more specific terms and conditions, any party may apply for a spectrum licence(s) if there are not more than 3 years until the applicable licence expires.

Applications for spectrum licences can be specified with regard to the location in the spectrum or unspecified such as, for example: "a nationwide 56 MHz block on the 38 GHz band".

The application must contain information about:

  • The applicant's name, address and Norwegian organisation number (the applicant must be registered with the Brønnøysund Register Centre). Private individuals must state their national identity number.
  • Contact person (name, telephone number and email address)
  • Overview of the frequency blocks applied for.
  • Overview of the regions for which applications may have been submitted.
  • Information about whether the application is for duplex or simplex frequency blocks.

Guarantee

When announcing that an application has been received for a spectrum licence at nkom.no (notice of interest), Nkom can choose to set requirements for bank guarantees. The requirement to provide bank guarantees will then apply for both the original applicant and any potential new applicants. The bank guarantee shall contribute to ensuring that the demand for the frequencies is genuine. In this way we can avoid initiating a lengthy planning process until the auction if there is no actual excess demand for the frequencies.

The amount of the guarantee is determined in each individual case. The same applies for the period of validity. Nkom can also allow the guarantee to cover a potential auction if we, for example, see that it would be sensible to have a simple auction that does not take long to plan and complete. If the auction is of a more complex nature, it could be more natural that the guarantee only applies to the notice of interest and that new requirements will be set for bank guarantees for the actual auction registration.

The guarantee must be a demand guarantee. The guarantee must be issued by a finance institution established within the European Economic Area (EEA). The guarantee must be issued to the Norwegian State, (represented by Nkom) and must have the validity specified by Nkom in the announcement. Nkom will adapt the guarantee amount to the relevant frequency band, however can choose to relate this to the amount of the estimated frequency charge for the calendar year in which the application was received. Information concerning estimated administrative charges shall be provided by Nkom.

The guarantee documents published by Nkom will be used. Only original guarantee documents will be accepted (no duplicates or copies).

Administrative charges for the first charge period are invoiced at the same time as the spectrum licence is issued. If administrative charges for the first charge period are not paid by the payment deadline (30 days), Nkom may recover the administrative charge by submitting a claim to the finance institution that has issued the bank guarantee.

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