Norwegian communications regulator Nkom has decided to extend the use of the 2300–2400 MHz frequency band until December 31, 2022.

Nkom is now inviting applications for permits to use parts of the band from January 1, 2020, with applications to be submitted by October 29. The regulator plans to allocate the entire spectrum band for mobile broadband from 2023.

Nkom provided several reasons for continuing the existing use of the 2300–2400 MHz frequency band. According to the regulator, there is no other established and full-featured option for high-performance video PMSE (Programme-Making and Special Events).

In addition, Nkom believes there will be synergy gains from allocating the 2,300–2,400 MHz band for mobile broadband alongside the bands 2,600 MHz and 3,400–3,800 MHz when permits for those expire on December 31, 2022.

The decision is expected to impact broadcasters NKR and TV2, both of which will be allocated 10 MHz for use until December 31, 2022.