Norway’s National Communications Authority (Nasjonal kommunikasjonsmyndighet, Nkom) has begun the process of assessing whether additional frequencies should be made available for 5G. In a press release the watchdog said it was seeking a dialogue with stakeholder to ascertain the need for more resources for fifth-generation technologies, noting that among its considerations was the possibility of allocating the 700MHz and 1500MHz supplemental downlink (SDL) bands – specifically the spectrum ranges 738MHz-758MHz and 1427MHz-1517MHz. According to Nkom, with these frequencies having recently been harmonised for mobile communications, it believes they could ‘contribute to extra downlink capacity in public mobile networks’.

Meanwhile, in terms of the other spectrum bands being considered, the regulator has identified: the 2.3GHz band (2300MHz-2400MHz); the 26GHz band (25.25GHz-27.5GHz); and the 42GHz (40.5GHz-43.5GHz) band.

As part of its initial work, Nkom has said it aims to map demand and the need for spectrum in the relevant frequency bands, while it also seeks to assess what is the most ‘socially beneficial’ use of these bands, and whether there would be synergies achieved by allocating several bands together. Discussions with interested parties regarding this matter are expected to take place ‘during the spring’.

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