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NPT consults on auction rules for the 800, 900 and 1800 MHz bands

The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) consults on the auction rules for the auction of the digital dividend spectrum (800 MHz band) and spectrum in the 900 and 1800 MHz bands. Furthermore, NPT consults on the proposed terms and conditions of draft licences. The deadline for consultation responses is 30 September 2013.

The Government announced in September 2009 that the 800 MHz band would be allocated to the provision of modern mobile communication services and mobile broadband services. 800MHz spectrum, commonly referred to as digital dividend, consists of frequencies freed up after transition from analogue to digital TV broadcasting. The last analogue TV transmitter in Norway was turned off in December 2009.

In March 2013 the Government published a press release stating that 100 % of the households in Norway should have access to a basic broadband service within the next couple of years. The 800 MHz spectrum is key to fulfilling this objective as spectrum in this frequency band has superior coverage reach and is therefore ideal for coverage in rural areas. Access to 800 MHz spectrum is therefore important to ensure widespread availability of a basic broadband service across Norway.

The Government has assigned a coverage obligation to one of the 800 MHz licences. This obligation must be fulfilled within five years after the award of the licence and the licensee is required to offer a service with a minimum average access speed of 2 Mbps.

The Ministry of Transport and Communications (the Ministry) has assigned the task of allocating the resources in the 800 MHz band to NPT. The available resources in the 900 MHz and the 1800 MHz bands will be assigned in the same auction procedure.