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Auction #23 (1800 MHz)

The Norwegian Communications Authority (Nkom) awarded 2 x15 MHz in the 1800 MHz band by multiround ascending auction. The auction started 25 November and lasted till 3 December 2015. The frequencies are the unsold lots from the multiband auction in December 2013. Three bidders participated in the auction and TeliaSonera won 2 x 5 MHz and Telenor won 2x 10 MHz. Total revenue amounts to NOK 877 983 276. The actual placement of the frequencies was decided with a first-price sealed-bid auction.

The auction has ended

The 1800 MHz band auction ended 28 January 2016 with a first-price sealed-bid auction where the actual placement of the frequencies won by Telenor Norge AS and TeliaSonera Norge AS in the Allocation Stage of the auction was decided. Telenor Norge AS won their preferred placement option with a bid for NOK 10 000 100. The figure below show the frequency assignments in the 1800 MHz band after the auction: 

Oversikt 1800 MHz
Large version of figure (PDF)

The allocation stage has ended

The Allocation Stage of the auction ended 3 December 2015 after seven days and 83 rounds of bidding. The total revenue amounts to NOK 877 983 276.

The frequency blocks are allocated as follows:

  • Telenor Norge AS won 2 x 10 MHz at a price of NOK 585 322 184.
  • TeliaSonera Norge AS won 2 x 5 MHz at a price of NOK 292 661 092.

The frequencies are the unsold lots from the multiband auction in December 2013. In addition to Telenor Norge AS and TeliaSonera Norge AS, Ice Communication Norge AS participated in the auction.

Timeline

Timeline for the auction process:

  • Monday 9 November 2015: Final auction rules published
  • Open for registration as a bidder in the auction
  • Monday 16 November 2015: Deadline for registration as a bidder in the auction
  • Thursday 19 November 2015: Mock auction
  • Friday 20 November 2015: Mock auction
  • Wednesday 25 November 2015: Auction start
  • Wednesday 20 January 2016: Deadline for negotiation of the placement of the spectrum

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    Thursday 28 January 2016: Deadline for delivery of bids for the Assignment Stage auction

Nkom emphasizes that the timeline is preliminary and it can be necessary to adjust certain deadlines. Any adjustments will be published at the auction webpage.

Frequencies to be awarded

In Norway the 1800 MHz band is allocated for the mobile service on a primary basis and is mainly used to provide mobile broadband services. You can find detailed information on spectrum allocations at http://frekvens.nkom.no.
The 1800 MHz band consists in total of 2 x 75 MHz. The figure below shows the frequency blocks included in the auction.

Auction 23 - freq blocks

In total there are three blocks of 2 x 5 MHz available in the auction.

The auction rules defines how the different blocks are allocated. 

Final auction rules (published 9 November 2015)

  • Auction rules (PDF / PDF with tracked changes)
    • Annex 1  - Registration form (in Norwegian only) (word / PDF)
    • Annex 2 – Bid form (in Norwegian only) (word / PDF)
    • Annex 3 – Bank guarantee (in Norwegian only) (word / PDF)
    • Annex 4 – Spectrum licence (in Norwegian only) (PDF)

Questions

All enquiries concerning the auction shall be sent to 1800mhz-auction@nkom.no with copy to esl@nkom.no.
The identity of the enquirer will not be made public. Questions and answers published on the auction webpage are considered to be known by bidders in the auction.

Previously published information

Assignment Stage (published 3 December 2015)

The actual spectrum placement will be decided in the Assignment Stage of the auction. Winners in the auction will have until 20 January 2016 to negotiate the placement of the spectrum. If no written agreement is presented to Nkom within the time limit, the placement of the frequency blocks will be decided by an assignment auction.

Auction starts 25 November 2015

Nkom conducted a public consultation from 19 till 30 October 2015 of the auction format for an Assignment Stage auction. Nkom have assessed the consultation responses and updated the auction rules published 15 July 2015 accordingly. The final auction rules are published 9 November 2015. A document (in Norwegian only) with Nkom's assessment of the consultation responses is now available.

The auction will start 25 November 2015 and bidders in the auction may now register. The registration deadline is Monday 16 November 2015, 15:00 Norwegian time. For more information about the auction, see the auction rules published 9 November 2015.

Auction postponed (published 19 October 2015)

On the 15th of July 2015 Nkom published the auction rules for the unsold lots in the 1800 MHz band. After that The Ministry of Transport and Communications (SD) received a petition from TeliaSonera to change the rules. SD has decided that section 10.4 (“Assignment Stage”) shall be changed and told Nkom to conduct the necessary changes in the auction rules.

As a consequence Nkom will change section 10.4 in the auction rules. The new 10.4 (“Assigment Stage”) states that the winners of the allocation stage will have at least 4 weeks to negotiate the placement of their new spectrum.  If no written agreement is presented to Nkom within the time limit, the placement of the frequency blocks will be decided by an auction.

Nkom is seeking the view of all interested parties on the proposed assignment stage auction format. The public consultation lasts from October 19th 2015 till October 30th 2015. The consultation document is available in Norwegian only.

Since section 10.4 of the auction rules will be changed, the auction will not commence as planned on November 9th, still Nkom plans to conduct the auction as soon as possible. The new date for the start of the auction is set to November 25th 2015.

Preparations to auction continues (published 19 February 2015)

5 February 2015 the Norwegian Competition Authority approved the proposed acquisition of Tele2 by TeliaSonera. The approval is conditional upon the full implementation of a commitments package submitted by TeliaSonera, which includes the conclusion of a roaming agreement with ICE and the sale of Tele2's mobile network and the mobile operator Network Norway to ICE.

Nkom has decided to continue preparations for the 1800 MHz auction. The auction will according to plan be conducted in the fall 2015.

A detailed timetable will be published along with the draft auction rules before the summer.

Auction postponed (published 25 August 2014)

Nkom decided in August 2014 to postpone the 1800 MHz auction due to TeliaSoneras proposed acquisition of Tele2s Norwegian business.

Finished public consultations

Public consultation III (2015)

Nkom consulted the auction format for an Assignment Stage Auction between 19 to 30 October 2015. The consultation responses will be published after the auction. A document (in Norwegian only) with Nkom's assessment of the consultation responses is now available.

Public consultation II (2015)

In the period between 20 April and 1 June 2015 Nkom consulted on the detailed auction rules. The consultation responses will be published after the auction. A document (in Norwegian only) with Nkom's assessment of the consultation responses is now available.

Public consultation I (2014)

In the period between 3 April and 2 May 2014 Nkom consulted on the framework for the auction. On the basis of an overall assessment of the consultation responses Nkom  decided to assign the frequencies by multiround ascending auction. The consultation document and the consultation responses are available here (in Norwegian only).

A document (in Norwegian only) with Nkom's assessment of the consultation responses from the consultation in 2014 is available here.

Documents