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Agreement between Norway and Russia on use of frequencies

Norwegian and Russian authorities have negotiated an agreement on the use of frequencies in the border areas between Norway and Russia. The aim is to ensure the most efficient use of resources and good services for users in the border areas.

The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) was in charge of the Norwegian negotiations, which took place in Oslo in early July. The Russian delegation consisted of representatives from the General Radio Frequency Centre (GRFC).

The parties negotiated a series of agreements on frequency use in different bands. For example, agreements were concluded on the use of frequencies for the Norwegian Public Safety Radio Network ("Nødnettet") in the border areas and regarding the possible future use of the 700 MHz band for mobile broadband.
Coordination of the 700 MHz band is part of the preparations for the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in November 2015. This agreement will only come into effect if Norway decides to use these frequencies for mobile broadband.

Norway and Russia also signed agreements for the 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2600 MHz bands, as well as a frequency range used by the Norwegian Armed Forces.

"I am very pleased with the outcome of these important negotiations," says Torstein Olsen, Director General of the Norwegian Communications Authority, who led the Norwegian delegation, adding:
"It must be possible to use electronic communications across borders, and there are a lot of pieces that must fall into place to ensure good coordination with our neighbouring countries, with a view to avoiding disruptive interference in border areas. This is important both for society as a whole and for the individual user."

The delegates also conducted negotiations on use of the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands. However, due to the forthcoming frequency auctions in Norway and ongoing technology upgrades in Russia, these talks were not concluded. The parties agreed to resume negotiations in one year's time.