The Norwegian Post & Telecoms Authority (NPT) has announced that it is postponing plans to notify the EFTA Surveillance Agency (ESA) of proposed regulation for the market for access and call origination on public mobile telephone networks (Market 15). With the proposed acquisition of Tele2 Norge by TeliaSonera’s having already prompted the regulator to delay a planned auction of 1800MHz spectrum which was due in January 2015, it has again cited the deal as the reason for its decision to hold off on sending its Market 15 proposals, having originally planned to do so in the second half of 2014.
A national consultation on proposed new regulation for the market in question had been conducted between 16 January and 10 March this year, following which the NPT revealed that Telenor Norge would be designated as holding significant market power (SMP) in Market 15 and as result would have obligations imposed on it. Now, the watchdog has suggested that it may need to conduct another national consultation, depending on the assessment of the TeliaSonera/Tele2 merger by the Norwegian Competition Authority. A timetable for further work on the regulator’s Market 15 proposals is now expected to be disclosed at a later date.