Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has called for applications from parties interested in acquiring spectrum in the 700MHz band for offshore use. With the frequencies expected to become available for use from 3 June 2021 – the spectrum in question currently being utilised for digital television broadcasting by Norges Televisie (NTV) – the Nkom did note that it may be freed up sooner, should an agreement be reached on releasing 700MHz frequencies for mobile communications use on the mainland at an earlier date. A total of 2×30MHz (703MHz-733MHz/758MHz-788MHz) is set to be assigned to mobile communications services, it has been confirmed.
Meanwhile, with the Nkom having previously called for expressions of interest in 900MHz spectrum for offshore use late last year, it subsequently confirmed plans to award licences in this band via auction as a result of surplus demand. In line with this, the regulator has now said that should it find there to be excess demand for 700MHz spectrum for use offshore, then it believes it would be ‘advantageous’ to allocate such frequencies at the same time as those in the 900MHz band.
The Nkom has set an application deadline of 19 March 2018 for companies to express their interest in applying for offshore 700MHz spectrum.