The first 5G auction in Norway has ended
- The 700 MHz band can be used for mobile broadband from 1 November 2019. This will be a key enabler for fast roll-out of 5G in Norway, says Elisabeth Aarsæther, Director General of Nkom.
The 700 MHz band is part of the current digital terrestrial network for television in Norway. As early as 2015 the Norwegian Government decided that the band should be used for mobile broadband. The band is available for commercial operators from 1 November 2019.
In addition, 2 x 15 MHz in the 2.1 GHz band was provided in the auction. The auction was conducted as an open, multiround auction and went on for 19 rounds. Ice Communication Norge AS (Ice), Telia Norge AS (Telia) and Telenor Norge AS (Telenor) participated in the auction.
In the auction Ice won 2 x 10 MHz in the 700 MHz band and 2 x 15 MHz in the 2.1 GHz band. Telia and Telenor won 2 x 10 each in the 700 MHz band.
Telia aquired the lot in the 700 MHz band with coverage obligation for certain railway sections. Telenor aquired the lot with coverage obligation for highways. No bidder committed to cover main roads.
Ice’s total auction price is NOK 337 176 000, while Telia is to pay NOK 217 881 000 and Telenor is to pay NOK 180 000 000. The winners are paying NOK 735 057 000 in total for the resources.
Winners are allowed to postpone payment of parts of their auction price for up to two years. In return they are required to invest a minimum of NOK 250 million in new and improved coverage over the next two years. The option for winners to pay the auction price in instalments is new and the main objective is to improve coverage in areas with poor coverage.
- The award is important to meet the objective to facilitate better competition in the mobile market, improved mobile coverage along main roads and railways, and early roll-out of 5G in Norway. This is an important task for Nkom, says Elisabeth Aarsæther.