Telenor, Telia and Ice wins Norway’s first 5G auctions

The 700 MHz and the 2.1 GHz bands have been auction in Norway.

In a first step towards the introduction of 5G services in Norway, Ice, Telia and Telenor have won spectrum in the auction of the 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands which ended on June 5 2019.

The 700 MHz band can be used for mobile broadband from November 1, 2019 in what will be a key enabler for the fast rollout of this technology in the country, said Elisabeth Aarsæther, Director General of Nkom.

The 700 MHz band is part of the current digital terrestrial network for television in Norway.

In 2015, the Norwegian Government had decided that it would use the 700 Mhz band for mobile broadband. The band will be available for commercial operators from November this year.

In addition to the 700 Mhz band, 2 x 15 MHz in the 2.1 GHz band was provided in the auction, which was conducted as an open, multi-round auction and went on for 19 rounds.

Ice Communication Norge AS (Ice), Telia Norge AS (Telia) and Telenor Norge AS (Telenor) participated in the auction.

Ice won 2 x 10 MHz in the 700 MHz band as well as 2 x 15 MHz in the 2.1 GHz band.

Telia and Telenor won 2 x 10 each in the 700 MHz band.

Telia acquired the lot in the 700 MHz band with coverage obligation for certain railway sections.

Telenor acquired the lot with coverage obligation for highways.

Incidentally, bidders did not commit to cover main roads.

Ice’s total auction price is NOK 337 176 000, while Telia is to pay NOK 217 881 000 and Telenor is to pay NOK 180 000 000.

The winners are paying NOK 735 057 000 in total for the resources.

Significantly, the winners are allowed to delay payment of parts of their auction price for up to two years. However, in return , they are required to invest a minimum of NOK 250 million in new and improved coverage over the next two years.

The option for winners to pay the auction price in installments is new and the main objective is to improve coverage in areas with poor coverage.

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