Our society is becoming increasingly dependent of a stable, reliable and secure electronic communications value chain. A growing number of basic functions in all sectors of society such as electricity supply, water, health care, transport, finance, etc. require that the networks, services and equipment work everywhere – and at all times. These changes challenge the traditional way the Norwegian Communications Authority supervise providers of electronic services, how frequencies, IP-addresses and numbering resources are managed and how to collaborate across different sectors. Summer 2014, the Norwegian Communication Authority (former Norwegian Post- and Telecommunications Authority) published a report discussing these challenges. A summery is given below.
Now that the FCC has published the US net neutrality rules, and the political institutions in EU are struggling to reach a compromise, it is interesting to compare the two approaches on the different sides of the Atlantic. At the same time, on 22 April the SMART Workshop with a net neutrality panel was organized in Barcelona, where these two approached was discussed between Scott Jordan (FCC) and Frode Sørensen (Nkom). This article presents a brief overview of some thoughts seen from the Norwegian side.
Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) publishes the draft auction rules for the auction of 2 x 15 MHz in the 1800 MHz band. Deadline for the receipt of comments on the proposed rules is 1 June 2015.
The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) has performed coverage measurements and calculations of the DAB networks in Norway. The conclusion is that the coverage conditions set out for FM switch-off are met.
In collaboration with NTV, NRK, RiksTV and Norkring, the Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) has prepared a report examining the technical consequences for the digital terrestrial television network if the 700 MHz band (694-790 MHz) is being assigned to mobile services in the future. In addition, on commission from Nkom, Nexia AS has prepared a report estimating the costs of five different technical scenarios for the digital terrestrial television network.
The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) has published a new spectrum strategy for the period 2015-2016. The spectrum strategy is based on Nkom's main strategy and the main goals are that Nkom is up to date on developments, a proactive facilitator for the actors and the best source of knowledge for all issues concerning frequency management.
The Internet has proven to be a unique platform for innovation and economic growth and provides unprecedented opportunities for communication between people. Very few wish to return to the era before the Internet. For this reason, authorities are working to achieve net neutrality, with a view to preserve an open Internet. In this article we consider the relationship between net neutrality and traffic handling, followed by net neutrality and charging models.
The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) is changing its name to the Norwegian Communications Authority. Changes in the Authority's tasks and the weighting of its public authority tasks are the main reasons for the change of name.