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NPT changing its name

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.

The Authority will start using the new name from 1 January 2015.

The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority was established in 1987 with the name the Norwegian Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. In 1997 the Authority's tasks were expanded to include overseeing the postal sector and its name was changed to the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority.

Since then the use and significance of electronic communications has exploded, and this is one of the main reasons for the decision to change the Authority's name.

- I think the Authority has chosen a good new name, says Minister of Transport and Communications Ketil Solvik-Olsen. The rapid developments in electronic communications have entailed many new tasks for the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority. At the same time, there has been a significant decrease in the volume of postal services and an expansion of what is included in the prefix tele.

- The name Norwegian Communications Authority better reflects the Authority's tasks at present and in the future and is also more in line with the names of its sister organisations abroad, says Solvik-Olsen.

The Director General of the Authority Torstein Olsen is very pleased with the new name.

- The current name does not reflect NPT's responsibilities. At times we spend a lot of energy explaining who we are and working to raise both our own and the industry's voice in arenas where people do not always think that an authority with our name naturally belongs. We wanted a new, generic name that is in keeping with the various tasks we expect to perform in the future, says Torstein Olsen, Director General of what will be the Norwegian Communications Authority from the New Year.

- These days NPT is much more of an advisory authority than it used to be. The strong emphasis on safety and emergency preparedness in every sense, resource management and our exercising of authority in other parts of the market compared with the past, mean that we now need a more balanced name. The common denominator of all our work is communication, also within the postal sector. We have therefore decided to adopt a name that is generic enough to encompass our current and future tasks; however, this does not mean that our supervisory duties are being toned down, he says.

Practical work related to the name change such as rebranding, a new logo and acronym, etc. will take place through the autumn.