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Frequencies for public mobile communication

Frequency licences used for public mobile communication are primarily issued by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) provides support to the Ministry for the planning and allocation of available frequencies. The following is an overview of the most relevant frequency bands.

Frequency licences for public mobile communication are presently issued with conditions that are flexible in terms of technology. This gives the licensees the freedom to themselves select the technologies that best utilise the frequencies and which provide the best services.

Bands that are allocated to public mobile communication follow from international harmonisation work that Norway has agreed to. This indicates that available frequency bands are largely the same in all of Europe, something which also makes it easy to use mobile telephones across national borders.

The table below provides an overview of the frequency bands the Ministry of Transport and Communications has principal responsibility for the administration of.

Frequency bands for which the  Ministry of Transport and Communications has principal responsibility for the administration of.

453-457.5 / 463-467.5 MHz (450 MHz-band)

791-821 / 832-862 MHz (800 MHz-band)

880-915 / 925-960 MHz (900 MHz-band)

1710-1785 / 1805-1880 MHz (1800 MHz-band)

1900-1920 MHz and1920-1980 / 2110-2170 MHz (2 GHz-band)

 

In addition, the 2500-2690 MHz frequency band is used for public mobile communication. This band was assigned by Nkom in 2007.

The most common technologies that are presently used in Norway are shown in the table below. We would note that the holders of frequency licences administer the frequencies as they themselves wish to do so within the framework of the licence and that the choice of technology is made by the licensees.

Technology

Frequency band

GSM (2G)

900 MHz and1800 MHz

UMTS (3G)

2 GHz and 900 MHz

CDMA

450 MHz

LTE

800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz