Following a public consultation which ended in April 2003, the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT) carried out final frequency planning for the 23, 26, 28, 32, 38, and 40 GHz bands, and defined the conditions applicable for the use of these bands.

Frequency licences were granted in October 2003, but frequencies in these bands remain available.

A second round has therefore been launched.

The deadline for requesting frequencies in these bands is 31 Jan 2004.

The duration of the licences may vary, depending on the frequency band. All the licences will be granted for a period of between 9 and 17 years (until 2012-2020).

Frequency licences are subject to annual fees. The NPT is working on a proposal for a future model for the calculation of frequency charges, it is however unclear at present to what kind of a model this will lead.

Anyone may apply for one or more frequency blocks in one or more bands. In order for an application to be considered, a deposit must be paid. The deposit rate is NOK 1,000 per MHz of bandwidth. The application must contain information as specified by the NPT.

The NPT will publish information about all the applications it receives. If no more than one application is received for a frequency block in a region, a licence will be granted in the weeks that follow. If more than one application is received, an auction will take place. In the case of an auction, the deposit will be paid back to the applicant who does not gain access to the frequencies.

An example of a frequency licence (in the 26 GHz band) can be found here.

An overview of the available frequencies can be found here for the range between 23 and 40 GHz and here for the range between 2 and 18 Ghz.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.