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.
This year, the net neutrality debate has been raised to a higher level. It has not gone unnoticed that the European Commission has proposed a new Regulation on European single market for electronic communications which may mean "ratification" of net neutrality. The political process is moving ahead at full speed to handle the proposal through to its final destiny, says Frode Sørensen, Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Post and Telecommunication Authority (NPT) in this article.
The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) consulted on draft auction rules for the 800, 900 and 1800 MHz auction in the period 14 August to 30 September 2013. Based on the consultation responses, NPT and the Ministry of Transport and Communications jointly present a document summarising assessments and updates to the rules. The final auction rules have now been published and the auction will start 2 December 2013. Registration is open and the deadline is 15 November 2013.
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.
At its second Plenary of 2013, BEREC elected its Chair for 2014, Goran Marby, Head of the Swedish regulator, PTS. Mr Marby will take up his post in January 2014, and until then will serve as a Vice-Chair.
The debate concerning net neutrality is important for pushing the development of Internet policy in a direction that is of most benefit to society. A requirement for a meaningful discussion about net neutrality is that one has a good understanding of what net neutrality actually is. Unfortunately, there are sometimes various misunderstandings that can cloud the debate and result in incorrect conclusions. Below are some of the myths regarding net neutrality that may need clarification.
A repetitive theme in the media and at conferences in these "everyone is always online" times is how the growth in traffic on the Internet should be managed. The type of charging model that should apply is an equally obvious part of the debate. Net neutrality is often put forward as an important element in these discussions. So, what does the "Norwegian model" actually say about net neutrality when considering these issues?
The 2 GHz auction has ended after one auction round and all nine blocks were sold at the reserve price of 5 million Norwegian kroner per block. TeliaSonera and Telenor each won four blocks and Mobile Norway won one block of spectrum. This result means that these three companies each have the same amount of spectrum in the 2 GHz band (approximately 2 x 20 MHz).