PTA amends Vodafone, Nova spectrum sharing deal

18 Jul 2016

The Post and Telecom Administration (Post-og Fjarskiptastofnun, PTA) of Iceland has issued a decision limiting a frequency sharing agreement between domestic cellcos Vodafone Iceland (Fjarskipti) and Nova. According to the amended terms of the spectrum deal, the frequencies shared by Vodafone/Nova will be capped at a maximum total of 20MHz, effective 15 August 2016.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in November 2013 the two companies signed an agreement to establish a common infrastructure company, with PTA authorising the shared use of frequencies in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands by the two cellcos in March 2014. Under the terms set out by the deal, the two companies said they would provide an equal initial contribution to the 50/50 joint venture. The deal was endorsed by the PTA in July 2014, while the Icelandic Competition Authority (ICA) granted its approval in February 2015. The new company – dubbed Sendafelagid – commenced operations in November 2015.

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