The Networks Department monitors management of the duty of confidentiality in the electronic communications sector and safety clearances of personnel in the communications sector. The portfolio also includes regulation of the allocation of internet addresses, domain names, electronic signatures and electronic commerce, and the Department is in charge of the content on the online portals Nettvett.no and Nettfart.no. The Department issues licences for installers in electronic communications networks on behalf of Nkom, and works on universal design of electronic communications services.
Further, the Department is responsible for Nkom's obligations as a national body for postal and telecommunications standardisation.
The Networks Department is organised in three sections.
The Assistant Director has overall responsibility for monitoring technological developments in electronic communications and ensuring that Nkom in general and the department in particular is equipped to be at the forefront of developments. This involves dialogue with industrial players to promote the development of innovative and future-oriented technology and assessing how the development and application of new services and network technologies will affect the current regulations and Nkom's tasks. In addition, the Assistant Director is the national coordinator within telecommunications standardisation.
The Assistant Director is also part of the department's management team and assists with management support in strategic planning, coordination of the department's academic work across the various specialised sections, and is the deputy for the director of the department.
The Chief Adviser has an overall responsibility for joint legal processes and for coordination of national and European regulation within the department. The Chief Adviser is part of the department's management team and assists with management support in strategic planning and coordination of work across the different sections and between the departments. The Chief Adviser participates in national and international forums for resource management and technological development of services on the Internet.
With a view to following up the recommendations in the Norwegian National Strategy for Information Security, Nkom is establishing a computer security incident response team (Nkom CSIRT).
Nkom CSIRT will maintain a basic operational level of activity with a focus on coordinating and dealing with cyber attacks. Furthermore, it must have good knowledge of the current vulnerabilities and threats in the sector.
Nkom CSIRT is scheduled to be fully operational in July 2017, but will start providing services well before then.
Nkom CSIRT is headed by Deputy Director Frank Stien.
Section for Regulations, Equipment and Installations
The section regulates trade in radio and telecommunications terminal equipment and sets technical requirements for electronic communications networks. It ensures that equipment that is placed in the market, electronic communications networks and installations complies with basic requirements to electrical safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and effective frequency use, and that the equipment is safe to use.
The section covers a number of areas, including:
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Section for Safety and Preparedness
The section focuses on society's need for secure and robust electronic communications networks and services. The section is also in charge of the administration of the duty of confidentiality for operators in the post and telecommunications market, and for safety clearances of personnel in the communications sector.
Among other things, the section's work comprises:
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Section for Electronic Communication and the Internet
The Section for Electronic Communications and the Internet is responsible for internet governance and policy, technical and regulatory issues related to public and private electronic communications networks, internet addresses, domain names, electronic signatures, electronic commerce, and the content of the portals Nettvett.no and Nettfart.no.
Among other things, the section's activities comprises:
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Nkom is the Norwegian agency for post and telecommunications standardisation, and the standardisation secretariat performs a number of administrative and coordinating tasks in relation to international standardisation organisations and other Norwegianstandardisation bodies. The secretariat is responsible for conducting consultations on draft telecommunications standards prepared by ETSI and postal standards prepared by CEN. Further, the secretariat votes for Norway during decision process on ETSI standards, postal standards from CEN and recommendations prepared by ITU. The secretariat is to act as a link between Norwegian industry and the standardisation work in ETSI and ITU.