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Winners of the 800, 900 and 1800 MHz auction

The first phase of the 800, 900 and 1800MHz auction is now completed. TeliaSonera, Telenor and Telco Data have won spectrum in the auction. The coverage obligation block was won by TeliaSonera who will be obliged to provide services to 98 percent of the population within five years. The final phase of the auction to determine the specific frequency positions of spectrum won will be conducted next week.

The first phase of the auction determines the winner(s) of spectrum in the 800, 900 and 1800 MHz bands. There was 2x30MHz of 800 MHz, 2x15MHz of 900 MHz and 2x55MHz of 1800 MHz of spectrum available in the auction. The first phase of the auction has now ended. The result from the first phase and information about the final phase of the auction is provided below.

Winners in the auction

There were three winners. The winners and their winning allocations are:

  • TeliaSonera
    • 2 x 10 MHz (coverage obligation) in the 800 MHz-band
    • 2 x 5 MHz in the 900 MHz-band
    • 2 x 10 MHz in the 1800 MHz- band
  • Telenor
    • 2 x 10 MHz in the 800 MHz- band
    • 2 x 5 MHz in the 900 MHz- band
    • 2 x 10 MHz in the 1800 MHz- band
  • Telco Data
    • 2 x 10 MHz in the 800 MHz- band
    • 2 x 5 MHz in the 900 MHz- band
    • 2 x 20 MHz in the 1800 MHz- band


All available spectrum in the 800 MHz and 900 MHz band has been allocated. In the 1800 MHz band, 3 blocks of 2 x 5 MHz remain unassigned.

Coverage obligation

All winners of 800 MHz spectrum must fulfill a usage obligation to provide mobile broadband services offering average access speeds of at least 2 Mbps to 40 percent of the population within four years of the award of licences.

In addition, TeliaSonera won the ‘A2’ coverage obligation block in the 800 MHz band. TeliaSonera hereby undertakes the obligation to ensure that 98 percent of the population will have access to mobile broadband services offering average access speeds of at least 2 Mbps. These services should be provided primarily through the utilization of 800 MHz spectrum. This obligation must be fulfilled within five years from the award of the licence.

Final phase of auction

The specific frequency position of the blocks in each band will be decided in the final phase of the auction through a second bidding round. This will be conducted Monday 9 December.

Publishing of prices and final results

The final auction result containing the prices to be paid by winners will be published Tuesday 10 December at 0730 (Norwegian only).

External audit

The consultancy firm Smith Institute has done an independent audit of the result of the first phase of the auction and has verified that the result is consistent with the auction rules. Smith Institute will also do an audit of the second phase of the auction.

You can read more about the auction process here. (Norwegian only)